Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-12-03 15:33:28
The #1 Video Game that Changed the World
I found out a few days ago that Twitter is the number one video game that changed the world. I heard about it from a documentary called 'How Video Games Changed the World', which I guess must be true, because it was on TV. Nevertheless, I quite disagree with the idea that Twitter is the #1 video game that changed the world, as I'm not entirely sure it's a video game at all; and, if it is indeed a video game, then I believe that it is an extremely constraining one that limits you to making only 140 characters (in its character creation mode).
Instead, I feel confident that my choice for the #1 video game that changed the world is a much better video game than Twitter: one with actual objectives, gameplay mechanics, difficulty spikes to overcome and so on. I am, of course, talking about:
Duh, Facebook is a great video game. Not only does it have lots of video games on it, like Candy Man and Farmhouse and Monster Planet, but the actual interface itself has clear objectives. For example, if I'm on Facebook, my mission is to make people care about the things happening in my life. I get a high score the more 'likes' a status update I make gets, and I get a 'Game Over' if I make an update that nobody comments on in the first 24 hours.
I can also cheat the game by deleting my unpopular status update and pretending that it never happened. The boss of Facebook is the big moderator cramping my style whenever I upload images of naked pensioners wearing cowboy hats.
The way to beat the boss? Fake accounts, son - this is all part of the character creation aspect of the game. I can play as who I want on Facebook, fabricating a fake profile and cultivating an audience of equally as fake people, laughing at my fake jokes and believing my fake stories. The other day I convinced someone I was living in the United States. How? By entering on Facebook that I live in the United States. This is, of course, bullshit - I actually live in New Zealand.
Facebook also has great replayability. I keep coming back to it over and over again. I can play it online with all of my buddies and jump instantly into their games at the click of a button - that's some next-gen shit right there. It's a giant multiplayer world, is Facebook - an MMO for the modern age, free of grinding and fetch-quests, and instead made up of character interactions. I can choose dialogue options to make people sad, happy, horny, morose, suicidal etc. And the best part is, because the game is running in real-time, these aren't pre-planned dialogue options; they are organic, dynamic and get a result within seconds.
Yeah, Facebook sure is the ultimate video game. I love how I can access it from a variety of devices - including other games consoles, tablets and phones - which makes it the most accessible game ever. In many ways it's everything that Second Life wanted to be, as it has real objectives to work towards. Every time I comment on a picture of a friend at a party I feel like I've achieved something with my masterful gaming skill; every time I 'poke' someone, I'm initiating a battle far more complex and entertaining than anything Pokemon or Street Fighter could accomplish.
And what are the other top 'video games' that changed the world, I hear you ask?
Well, that's easy: Bebo, DeviantArt, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, MOG and...Makeoutclub.
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