Gaming Under Socialism

“…the question of what gaming would look like in a socialist world has haunted me for days. Not only because I’m a leftist and I care about games, but because of how it relates to many crucial issues of 21st century radicalism…” – Paolo Pedercini

Cart Life

“In Cart Life the player controls one of three street vendors, and attempts to run their shop whilst looking after their health, interests, and families…Vinny sells bagels, Andrus runs a newspaper stand, and Melanie sells coffee from a cart. While at their stalls players interact with customers by selling them items and can manage their stall by selecting stock, setting prices, and buying new equipment.” – Wikipedia

Cutthroat Capitalism

“You are a pirate commander staked with $50,000 from local tribal leaders and other investors. Your job is to guide your pirate crew through raids in and around the Gulf of Aden, attack and capture a ship, and successfully negotiate a ransom.” – Wired

Spent

“Urban Ministries of Durham serves over 6,000 people every year. But you’d never need help, right? Over 14 million Americans are unemployed. Now imagine you are one of them. Your savings are gone, you’ve lost your house, and you’re down to your last $1000. Can you make it through the month?” – Spent

Big Pharma

“What if you had it in your power to rid the world of disease, to improve the lives of millions, to ease suffering and cure the sick… and earn a tidy profit? As the head of your own Pharmaceutical Conglomerate you have this power resting in your hands. Will you use it for good? Being totally altruistic may not be the best business plan. The uncomfortable truth (is there an ointment for that?) is that some remedies are more profitable than others and illness is good for business. Welcome to the world of Big Pharma!” – Twice Circled

The Landlord’s Game

“The Landlord’s Game is a board game patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie as U.S. Patent 748,626. It is a realty and taxation game, which is considered to be the direct inspiration for the board game Monopoly…The set had rules for two different games, anti-monopolist and a monopolist. The anti-monopolist rules reward all during wealth creation while the monopolist rules had the goal of forming monopolies and forcing opponents out of the game. A win in the anti-monopolist, or Single Tax version and later called by Magie as “Prosperity Game”, was when the player having the lowest monetary amount has double his original stake” – Wikipedia

Sim Sweatshop

“You are invited to enter the world of the sports shoe maker. Your wage will be $6.05 for a full days work. A standard working here is 12 hours. Work hard and you will be paid your full wage. If you make a mistake you will be punished accordingly.” – Sim Sweatshop

Phone Story

“Phone Story is an educational game about the dark side of your favorite smart phone. Follow your phone’s journey around the world and fight the market forces in a spiral of planned obsolescence.” – Phone Story