Feedback Loop: How Halo Could Improve Democracy Forever

May 30 Comments Off on Feedback Loop: How Halo Could Improve Democracy Forever Category: Feed, Games, Nightmare Mode

It turns out that the characters we play and the stories they’re in can change our patterns of behavior and our attitude towards others. Armed with better stories, game developers can change the world.

Imagine the latest Halo game with an all new DLC. As Master Chief during election season, it’s your civic duty to get to a voting booth, no matter how many Grunts get in your way. This could be the near future if game writers decide to embrace the responsibilities that come along with the latest research from Tiltfactor’s Geoff Kaufman.

Kaufman’s recent study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, examines the phenomenon of ‘experience-taking.’ The principle is that certain types of fiction, specifically those where the participant can take on the identity of the protagonist, push the participant to merge the character with their selves, “feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own.”

One particular part of the study shows promise to provide a solution to the political conflict arising from Halo 4’s scheduled release date.

Are you ready to enter the Panopticon?

September 21 Comments Off on Are you ready to enter the Panopticon? Category: Feed, HackText

When you get right down to it, Privacy is a poor hack. Right now, the privacy controls are out of our hands. Though we may think that editing our Facebook feed and hiding behind fake e-mails protect us, the truth is anything but. A few years ago, I was able to find my grandmother’s social […]

Your selection of ‘newsworthy’ titles of the day

March 24 0 Comments Category: Actual, Headlines

2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr ‘Are We All Going To Be Mutants?’ – Bill O’Reilly asks the question we’ve all asked since playing Fallout 3 ‘There’s Something On That Birth Certificate That He Doesn’t Like’ – Donald Trump… if that’s even his real name. ‘Is This Going To Be A Carnival?’ […]

Links 3-7-11: Facebook comments, Alice returns, Twitter in Manhattan, Ask Me Anything in USA Today

March 08 0 Comments Category: Actual, Links

The big controversy of the day is Facebook comments, stemming off the big post on TechCrunch looking at their own use of Facebook comments.

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