I don't know anything about political redistricting, but I know what I like.
Games written with a didactic purpose typically suck, but The Redistricting Game is loads of fun. You play a political consultant assigned with redrawing the political districts so one party (or both, see below) can screw the system.
The Redistricting Game makes good use of the gamer learning curve. To beat each level, you have to learn the system better. The better you learn the system, the more you know about the issue. Perhaps teaching a new generation of gamers how to gerrymander effectively isn't the best way to champion election reform, but the game does make its point. On the last level you have to redistrict without any polling data at all.
Stuff I learned from this game:
- Redistricting is fun, but scary
- Bipartisan redistricting is really creepy
- No matter how you redistrict, Vox Populi is never satisfied
- Unless you put her in charge of the non-partisan redistricting commission
- Proportional representation is a highly malleable concept
This is Vox Populi. Every time we redistrict she writes a mean newspaper article about how unfair we are.