Antidote Games worked with the Innocence Project and NYU Stern to develop “Accused”, a browser-based game about false confessions in the United States criminal justice system.
Accused’s gameplay is based on widespread interrogation techniques of psychological coercion that leads to false confessions. According to the Innocence Project, false confessions may be the single leading cause of wrongful convictions in homicide cases. More than two-thirds of the DNA-cleared homicide cases documented by the Innocence Project were caused by false confessions.
I worked on developing the interface for the project, researching interrogation tactics and adapting them into a flat 2D environment to create an appropriately moody game environment. I also worked on creating the core story and developing the various branches of the narrative in Twine.
We all think that we wouldn’t confess to a crime we didn’t commit, right? Why not play Accused and find out?