Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Game On!

and in the end, you're left with a Snow Crash*.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, video games are now cash-cows. Not just for the companies that sell them, but for people that play them too. And not just the people who win South Korean Game Shows.
No, this is about a new cash card that will allow people to withdraw money made, in-game, from real cash machines. I feel like there is something wrong with this situation and that basic economics are going to propel us back into the dark ages as a result of earning our money in video games, but I can't quite figure out why.
Tad Williams' Otherland offers another version of what can happen when real-world and virtual reality get fuzzy-lined boundaries. I'm pretty sure neither of these world-visions quite measure up to Gene Rodenberry's view of the future.
*Title borrowed from Wayne and Garth.

1 comment:

ramblingbarrister said...

Enter the Matrix. Why bother with real life anyway?

I just can't wait until I get a call from a client asking me to review his virtual contract for the sale of virtual space. I'll make the virtual time to do it, I suppose.