Guess My Race

Release Date: 2011

Developer: Michael D. Baran, Harvard University

A quiz game designed to get people thinking critically about race, diversity, and more.



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Guess My Race is a quiz game that was designed to get people thinking in new ways, allowing them to think more critically about the extremely complex issues of race, diversity, ethnicity, religion, nationality, class, and culture.

The Guess My Race app takes the form of a “quiz” in which you will see stunning photographs of real people and you must try to guess how these people answered the question “What race are you?” After each guess, you will find out how the person really defines him or herself, along with a quote from that person regarding their identity or their experiences with race. Then you will be shown a thought provoking historical or cultural fact directly related to identity issues. Each quiz will display ten pictures, but you can play over and over with new pictures, quotes and facts each time. Guess My Race will show how something that is considered natural and biological is actually a result of complex historical and cultural constructions. In deconstructing these taken-for-granted ideas, Guess My Race will open your eyes, not only to racial issues, but also to a critical thinking perspective on culture and hegemony more broadly.

Dr. Michael D. Baran and Michael Handelman


Games for Change Festival 2011 Learning and Education Award Nominee



  1. 5
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    I think that this game looks like a fun game that might make some people think twice the next time they judge someone without getting to know the person first.

  2. 5
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    This was a fantastic conversation starter and should be a tool for any teacher, any high school student to try. It’s free, it loads quickly as an app on an Ipad. I think it would work great in a class of 22 students. I would begin class with groups of 3 to one Ipad. Groups discuss answers as they guess & review peoples’ race/ identity. The discussion is as important as the game itself and it takes less than 15 minutes leading to many open ended questions and inferences right or wrong. If this kicked off research or ongoing discussion, it would be a great tool to come back to periodically. It would quickly lose its appeal unless students were given time to design future levels of and build the next interactive study of diversity. The possibilities for new platforms are endless. I’m thinking… ethnic groups of China? Discussing future levels in the Games for Change network would lead to actual creation, which makes this an authentic experience.

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