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A Brave New World Game

I don't know if this was posted previously or not but I think this was an interesting talk by Jesse Schell about the future... a place that I really really really don't want to live.

DICE 2010: "Design Outside the Box" Presentation

I HATE this idea of a game oriented society. Heck I already hate the physiology behind modern games... I would really really really hate to be judged for every little thing that I did... a dystopia worse than the Brave New World or Orwell's 1984...

Come to think of it... that would be a neat book... kind of a Brave New World derivative about this "game based" society -- budding science fiction writers man your word processors!

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18 May 2010 - 10:50 PM
Just finished watching. Very interesting video, and I suppose it is a likely future. I don't understand your hate for the idea. I don't think people would take it as seriously as you might fear. The people that are constantly reading everything that people say on Facebook would probably be the same people that check who is winning the Drink Pepsi contest.


19 May 2010 - 12:24 PM
Lol, I'm reading Brave New World right now in school. Well, I should say "I'm supposed to be reading Brave New World in school".


19 May 2010 - 09:51 PM
So why do I think making American consumerism into a game is a good idea?

I could care less if my mother or neighbor knows if I brushed my teeth for 3minuets or not. I do care if my health insurance company knows just how far I walk every month, or that the police know if I went a little fast on my way to work. Embedding sensors so deeply into peoples lives means that there would be an incredible amount of data generated and privacy issue really concern me.

But the REAL problem I have with such a scheme is its ability to modify behaviors. Somehow people think that corporations are inherently good -- but they are not good nor evil they are utilitarian. They play a game and they just want to win. Corporations are already modifying personal behaviors to the detriment of many individuals and perhaps society as a whole though advertising and media. They already shape the memes and mores of western society. But a scheme such as the one outlined in the end of that video would give corporations and governments constant REAL TIME behavioral conditioning!

Then what about the people who don't want to play the game? Have you ever been the one neighbor who does not want to get in on the neighborhood cable TV deal or wifi -- people act as though you are some kind of social anarchist just because you don't watch TV or want your own high speed internet connection. Heck I get enough grief over not to play facebook games! Now imagine that ALL of society is being molded to "play" and you just don't want to. Can you imagine the stress of being a "looser?" I generally suck at games (from Monopoly to Call of Duty) -- if life ACTUALLY had a scoring system, I would probably be so clinically depressed I would have no choice but to die.

You can't hit the "reset" switch on life if you don't like your score.

I am sorry -- micro-sensors and point-based reward systems sound like the building blocks to dystopia to me. -- Then again, I don't think I would have liked soma either: "All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." -- its never that simple.
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