The Redistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk an open contest.

By exploring how the system works, as well as how open it is to abuse, The Redistricting Game allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important (yet least understood) aspects of our political system. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides info about reform initiatives - including a playable version of the Tanner Reform bill to demonstrate the ways that the system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance. Beyond playing the game, the web site for The Redistricting Game provides a wealth of information about redistricting in every state as well as providing hands-on opportunities for civic engagement and political action.
Who We Are

The Redistricting Game was created at the USC Game Innovation Lab - part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts', Interactive Media Division. It was developed for the USC Annenberg Center for Communications by the following people:

Lead Game Designer and Project Lead
Chris Swain
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, EA Game Innovation Lab
Interactive Media Division
USC School of Cinematic Arts
christopherswain [at] yahoo [dot] com

Design and Writing
Peggy Weil
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Interactive Media Division
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Game Designer / Writer - Jeremy Bernstein

Programming & Development: Red Hot Learning, Inc.
Project Lead - Duane Dunfield
ddunfield [at] gmail [dot] com

Programming Team - Chris Collings, Andrew Saunders
Web Team - Andrew Saunders, Heather Todd
Testing Team - Anne Shi, Heather Todd

Extra Special Thanks to:
Prof. Jonathan Aronson
Jin Soo Kang
Annenberg School for Communication for hosting the site

Political Science Research Advisor
Kareem Crayton
Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science
USC Gould School of Law
kcrayton [at] law [dot] usc [dot] edu

Additional Production/Writing
Max Geiger
Henry Goldberg
Greg Johnson
Richard Hodkinson

Art and Graphic Design
Art Director - Kurosh Valenejad
Character Design and Illustration - Sean Nadeau
Graphic Artist and Character Design - Rocky Almodovar
Graphic Artist - Mike Rossmassler
Website Design - Suzie Roth

Opening Animation
Script and Direction - Jeremy Bernstein
Animation - Brian Lee
Score and Sound Effects - Vince Diamante
Voice Over - Jeremy Bernstein

Design Consultant / Subject Matter Expert
Ben Sawyer, Digitalmill, Inc.

Additional Research:
Sonya L. Lebsack, J.D., Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator
Douglas Thomas
Associate Professor
USC Annenberg School for Communication
douglast [at] usc [dot] edu

Jonathan Aronson, Executive Director, USC Annenberg Center for Communication
Geoff Cowan, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication
Pierre DeVries, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center for Communication

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