Put Misinformation in Check: How Educational Games Equip Us to Identify Fake News

In today’s information-laced Generation Alpha-led society, spreading misinformation has become a pressing issue that requires continuous 24-7-365-attention. Thus, various organizations have taken steps to provide resources that empower individuals to differentiate between truth and fiction. And in this discussion, we will explore, though just scratching the surface, two resources that have been deployed to fight the misinformation battle: RumorGuard, developed by the News Literacy Project, and the interactive game, Fake It to Make It.

RumorGuard: Your Shield Against Misinformation

What is RumorGuard?

RumorGuard is an initiative launched by the News Literacy Project to debunk rumors and false information. It provides a platform where users can report rumors, which experts fact-check.

How to Use It

On visiting the website, you’ll be able to access its user-friendly interface to easily explore a list of debunked rumors or submit new ones for verification. The interface is straightforward to navigate.


RumorGuard serves as a tool for promoting critical thinking skills. It demonstrates how rumors can be analyzed and verified, thus empowering users to become critical thinkers and be more discerning information consumers.

– RumorGuard Screenshot

Fake it to Make it: The Game of Deception

What is Fake it to Make it?

This is an educational game that delves into the world of deception. In this game, players assume the role of individuals involved in creating and spreading news stories for money.

Here’s How to Play

Navigate through a simulated social media environment, creating and sharing articles. The aim is to gain followers and make money, all while navigating a maze of ethical dilemmas.


As it relates to the effectiveness of the game, there is no denying its pros and cons. On one hand, it does a pretty good job of educating you about the dangers of misinformation and how it spreads. However, there is an irritating concern that it might normalize the production and spreading of fake news. Nonetheless, it provides a kind of behind-the-scenes look that exposes the mechanics of the misinformation process and how it operates.

– Fake It To Make It Screenshot

The Power of Educational Games in Combating Misinformation

The potential impact of games in addressing misinformation cannot be overlooked. Research to date has shown that when incorporated into the gaming elements into the educational process, they can significantly enhance learning experiences by significantly boosting engagement and improving learning outcomes.

According to a review on gamification in education, game design elements significantly impact educational research, making learning more engaging and fun. Another study focusing on a Prediction-Observation-Explanation learning strategy suggests that such systems can dramatically improve learning retention.

Furthermore, gamification has further proven to increase student engagement,  and real-life examples from Edutopia demonstrate how games can deepen understanding across various fields or complex subjects.

In summary, both RumorGuard and Fake It to Make It offer perspectives on the troubling issue of misinformation. They take different approaches. While RumorGuard acts as a protective barrier, Fake It to Make It gives us a glimpse into the workings behind the scenes. When used effectively, both tools can significantly play an important role in educating the public about the risks and mechanisms of misinformation.