Every now and then you can see someone predict the future.
A couple of months ago a man named Jesse Schnell gave a presentation to a bunch of video game designers at a convention called DICE. The link is here and you definitely need to watch it. I also wrote a previous blog about this here, which is also worth checking out. The important part of his talk (at least for this blog post) is his prediction about the convergence of real life and video games. Two of the big points were 1) that the Facebook game ‘Farmville’ (and many other kinds of games) is representative of real life and digital life colliding in an amazing way and 2) that eventually, video games could hold the possibility of making us into better people.
Here is evidence of both of these points.
1) Farmville and real life.
My wife bought a bag of carrots the other day that had a sticker where you could get free ‘cash’ in Farmville. Real farming + virtual farming = just plain weird.
2) The Self-organization game
Epic win is a phone app to help you keep your life organized that is disguised as a game. Yep, now you can level up through your life.
I don’t know that I have really anything profound to say about all of this but is still strikes me as kind of abnormal. It’s just odd to see someone tell you that something is going to happen, and then all of a sudden actually see it happen.