Game Designers aim at winning Nobel Peace Prize
According to CNET, game designers Will Wright (The Sims), Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy), Cliff Bleszinski (Epic Games) and Harvey Smith (Deus Ex) are proposing a concept based around networked handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS, which would, through the course of play, blend from online to real-world meetups, in a variation of the “flash mob,” in order to accomplish socially constructive tasks.
I think it’s a wonderful idea, one which harnesses the competitive nature of gaming and the multiplicative power of networks…I am reminded somewhat of the final scene in Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, where a literal mass movement of young women, connected and educated through their samizdat copies of the electronic book The Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, save the world. Life imitates art…
March 24, 2006 11:04 AM