About the game

This game helps you talk to your friends or relatives, who believe in COVID-19 misinformation or conspiracies, in a more constructive way. You’ll learn which communication techniques make your opponent consider your position and which ones are more likely to backfire. We encourage you to use the techniques from this game in combination with fact-checking sources. For instance WHO mythbusters, factcheck.org or Snopes.com.

Sources we used

The game is based on a number of psychological and communicational concepts and researches:

  • “Fake Facts” by K. Nocun and P. Lamberty
  • “No Word Order” by Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
  • “Non-violent Communication” by M. Rosenberg
  • “A bioweapon or a hoax? The link between distinct conspiracy beliefs about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and pandemic behavior” by R. Imhoff1 and P. Lamberty
  • “The Debunking Handbook 2020” by Lewandowsky, S., Cook, J., Ecker, U. K. H., Albarracín, D., Amazeen, M. A., Kendeou, P., Lombardi, D., Newman, E. J., Pennycook, G., Porter, E. Rand, D. G., Rapp, D. N., Reifler, J., Roozenbeek, J., Schmid, P., Seifert, C. M., Sinatra, G. M., Swire-Thompson, B., van der Linden, S., Vraga, E. K., Wood, T. J., Zaragoza, M. S.