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The Westport Independent is a censorship simulator about the last weeks on an independent newspaper which is to be dismantled according to a new government bill. You play an editor in charge of choosing what will be printed in the paper, making sure that the content is nice and proper according to the government guidelines. With rebellions against the government rising slowly amongst the public, whose thruth will you print?

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Introducing the city of Westport

Welcome to the city of Westport. A city of love and hate, wealth and poverty, lawfulness and criminality. A home for liars, politicians and rioters. A place where everyone has a home, be it the finest of gents or the lowest of rats. It’s in this city that The Westport Independent takes place. As part of the mass media, the people of Westport will look to you for the truth. And that’s what you’ll give them - Though it might be a slightly altered version of it.

Four shades of Westport

The city of Westport is essentially divided in four different parts; The Northern suburbs, the Western districts, the Southern docks and the Eastern factories. The standards of living in Westport differs quite a lot depending on what part of the city you’re in, and so does the interests and political alignment of those living there. This means that depending on what you choose to print, the sales of the paper will be affected in the different parts of the city.

Map of Westport. (Click for full size)
Map of Westport. (Click for full size)

The Northern suburbs (around 1% of the population)

The Northern suburbs is the luxurious part of Westport. The people who live here are wealthy and loyal to the government. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of the government officials live here. Compared to the other parts of Westport, the Northern suburbs are quite small. Despite this, the inhabitants of the Northern suburbs collectively own far more of the wealth in Westport than all other parts of the city combined.

The Western districts (around 12% of the population)

Being mostly inhabited by the middle class, the Western district is one of the richer parts of Westport. While they don’t live in giant villas like the people of the Northern suburbs, the housing in the Western districts is not only of high quality, but also quite spacious compared to the housing in the eastern and southern parts of Westport.

The Eastern factories (around 36% of the population)

The Eastern factories is without a doubt the dirtiest part of Westport. Functioning as the center for the majority of Westport’s various industries, the Eastern factories are loud and filled to the brim with smog. The standards of living here is not much to cheer for, but almost everyone has the ability to provide for their families by working in one of the factories.

The Southern docks (around 51% of the population)

While the Eastern factories is the dirtiest part of Westport, the Southern docks is by far the most run down. Most people living here have difficulties keeping a roof over their head, and a few don’t even have a roof to loose. The unemployment rate here is high, and the inhabitant’s attitude towards the government reflects that fact. Despite the run down appearance of the Southern docks, it harbors most of Westport’s population.

The weekly reports will show the sales form each district. (Click for full size)
The weekly reports will show the sales form each district. (Click for full size) 

Why divide the city in different parts?

In The Westport Independent, the different parts of the city will have different preferences when it comes to the articles you print. For an example, the Northern suburbs enjoy gossip and news about economics and industries, while the Southern docks are interested in societal news, such as governmental activities or new laws and regulations. Different parts of town also have their own opinion of the government, meaning that your political opinion will also affect your sales.

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The Westport Independent - Jam Version

The Westport Independent - Jam Version

Jun 14, 2014 Demo 0 comments

The game jam version for The Westport Independent. This version of the game as made for Ludum Dare 29 in 72 hours.

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kiro56 Jun 15 2014, 7:45am says:

Hey this looks amazing will you make more versions?

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Brodal Jun 15 2014, 12:40pm replied:

Thank you! Yes, the version in the download section is just the version we made for the Ludum Dare game jam. We've now greatly expanded the game and are working on a new full version of it with a lot more features and a lot more content.

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SinKing Jun 8 2014, 7:49pm says:

Governments don't need to censor anyone, because all that people are interested in is who will be the next Popstar or Supermodel. We have no real need for an opinion, because we can read what we are supposed to think in blogs. Whoever gets more "likes" than others is right. The western world has no need for censorship, because there is no opposition. We are already schooled to know what is right and protest against things that don't matter.

The only countries where actual news are relevant are countries like Israel or Ukraine, which have actual propaganda wars going on. The western world is far to enlightened by Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus to take anything important any more.

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HauntedFish Jun 8 2014, 12:37pm says:

This looks super interesting.

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