BTO ‘The Great Game’ of Turkish Politics

Batu Sayici

A political simulation mobile game in which players can construct their ideal futures. BTO lets players build and advance their dream nation by making political decisions based on real issues of recent Turkish history.


Players move through real and fictional events and make decisions. At every decision point, the available choices reflect prominent ideological views represented in the society. The goal of the player is to advance the nation while balancing national solidarity. They make choices about the country’s documented human rights and democracy issues such as the rights of women and minorities, freedom of speech and more.

I’ve been inspired by the ‘games for change’ movement, but the games are often too didactic. What interests me is: can such a game be fun; can people see the value of political expression and participation through the game; can a game facilitate dialogue about real issues.