Hours away from the election results, professional political campaigners in the U.S. must already be busy poring over data, analyzing both camps’ strategies and tactics, and revising their arsenal. One instrument that is certain to feature more prominently in the election campaign toolbox after 2016 is gamification.
Besides the official apps released by both campaigns, the Apple App Store and Google Play offer a plethora of news, poll tracking, and voter motivation apps, as well as a variety of satirical and more or less openly partisan, Trump-punching, Hillary-bashing, wall-building, and e-mail sorting mobile games, all of which can be useful for future reference and development of full-fledged gamified platforms.
The official apps:
Is Trump’s New ‘America First’ App Designed to Connect White Nationalists?, Blue Nation Review
Jane McGonigal’s Pokemon Go inspired Swing Voter Go!
Inside The Election Video Game That Was Built To Defeat Donald Trump, CSEC World Congress
The Underbelly: Swing Voter Go!, Ludonarrative Assonance
Parodies and controversies
‘Hide It Hillary’ mobile app game banned by Apple; titles like ‘Punch Trump’ approved, The Washington Times
Tech really wants to fix this election, TechCrunch