NBC Politics app launches with election map game
One of the biggest trends in social TV these days is the integration of gaming in TV apps. NBC and msnbc.com launched the NBCPolitics iPad and iPhone app today, and while it features political news and video, an interactive game lets users take on the pundits and play their own election scenarios.
Political junkies can start with a blank battleground map — with every state as a toss-up — or pick from NBC’s current projection or past election results. The name of the game is to predict which states will fall — or will likely fall — to Obama or Romney, to total 270 electoral votes for the win. Users can test out different scenarios, play along with NBC News experts and create personalized outcomes with the chance to see their map on-air or online. And of course, share their maps with their friends.
On election night, users can watch the results come in live, changing the map from projection to reality. The app was developed by Method, and it’s sponsored by Nissan and Liberty Mutual Insurance.