Harmony Square

Serious game

Disturb the square’s peace and quiet by fomenting internal divisions and pitting its residents against each other

Harmony Square

About the game

Harmony Square is a game about fake news. The game’s setting is the idyllic Harmony Square, a small neighbourhood mildly obsessed with democracy. You, the player, are hired as Chief Disinformation Officer. Over the course of 4 short levels, your job is to disturb the square’s peace and quiet by fomenting internal divisions and pitting its residents against each other.

The effect

The goal of the game is to expose the tactics and manipulation techniques that are used to mislead people, build up a following, or exploit societal tensions for political purposes. Harmony Square works as a psychological “vaccine” against disinformation: playing it builds cognitive resistance against common forms of manipulation that you may encounter online.

Backed by science!

Scientists who worked with us on the development of this game found that playing Harmony Square improves people’s ability to spot manipulation techniques in social media posts, increases their confidence in spotting such techniques, and reduces their willingness to share manipulative content with people in their network. The results of this study were published in the journal Harvard Misinformation Review and can be read here.

Translations

Harmony Square is currently available in 10 different languages. Are you interested in creating a translation? Send an email to translations@tiltstudio.co and we’ll get back to you!

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Credits

The development and tailoring of Harmony Square was financially supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in collaboration with DROG and the University of Cambridge, within the scope of addressing foreign adversarial propaganda and disinformation and its impact on foreign audiences and elections overseas.

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