A Journalist’s Game

By: Nu Yang

A Journalist’s Game

If you’ve ever wondered what it would have been like to break the Watergate scandal, here’s your chance. “Watergate: The Video Game” (watergategame.com) takes players to June 1972 and lets you step into the shoes of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, as he and Carl Bernstein investigate the burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Created by New York-based writer and improviser Samuel Kim, the game took six months to create and debuted in May.
“A friend and I were waxing nostalgic about old video games we grew up with. The point-and-click ’80s adventure game ‘Shadowgate’ came up, and I said, ‘Hey, there should be a sequel called ‘Watergate,’ ” Kim said. “It was just an offhand attempt at wordplay, but for some reason, the idea got stuck in my head. The more I thought about it — replacing medieval adventure with ’70s-era journalism — the more I wanted it to actually exist.” But what made Kim think “Watergate” would make a good video game? “Video games are full of little guys fighting Goliaths,” he said. “What’s a better example of that trope than two guys with a notepad bringing down the most powerful person in the world?

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Published: July 5, 2013


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