This post is more logistical than anything else. It’s to keep me honest and on track. I started from scratch with my final ideas. I realized that collaborating sounded way more fun than producing my own ideas by myself. Terrick and I joined forces, both being very inspired by this video that went viral recently. Information on privilege is all over the web, as it damn well should be, and we wanted to use it to reflect people back on themselves while changing the meaning of what it means to compete.
The winner of racing games typically goes to the person with the most skill, but what if we use a different metric to determine the winner, while encouraging the user to reveal something about themselves during the process?
The idea: A racing game powered by privilege.
How it works:
- Invite two users step up to two computer screens to race each other and hand them headphones. Motion sensors capture whether or not they’re running or standing still. Running = “YES”, standing still = “NO”.
2. We ask a series of boolean audio questions through individual headphones. If “YES” add +1 or +0. a. Did you grow up with books in your house? +1
b. Have you ever studied abroad? +1
c. Do you mainly use public transit? +0
d. Are both your parents still alive? +1
e. Do you have a full time job? +1
f. Does your family own property? +1
g. Have you ever been made fun of for your accent? +0
h. Do you feel comfortable with your assigned gender? +1
i. Have you ever been asked if your hair is real? +0
j. Have you ever had an unpaid internship? +1
3. The more privilege points you have, the faster you go
4. The winner and loser are presented with a resolve (We can read these aloud)
Privilege gets you XX% closer to the finish line. Acknowledging it is the first step. Enter your email and we’ll tell you how to sign up for Black Lives Matter, Human Rights Campaign, or HeForShe.
We are also thinking of some naming options that express the idea without totally giving it away:
Get A Head Start
A Head Start
You Can’t Win
We also plan to ask the class questions on Wednesday in order to gain some initial feedback:
- If both users receive the same question and can see one another, does this affect them in any way? Their behavior, feelings, etc…
i.e., if player 1 is male and player 2 is female and the question is “I am a man,” if one use sees the other advancing or remaining in place how will each react.
- Should there be a border/divide between the two until the game is over?
- How do you feel about not knowing the intent of the game?
- How do we make a time sequence where the game goes from one phase to the next? i.e. How to start or change questions