I just had an amazing experience with a game and the gamification of one single bit of information. (Thursday 3/20)
The game was Out of Body as run at Swissnex as part of GDC. The game was delightful. We got into line to avoid the crowd, and I started talking with Sarah who was reading the great gatsby in line ahead of me. It was for a course she was taking which saddened me. I flirted with the ladies as they walked past us and then something amazing happened.
A gentlemen came by and offered us membership. Membership included a black t-shirt and cutsies into line for the t-shirt owner and a +1. Sarah and I bought shirts and I laughed and joked about the “in app purchase” that took us to the experience ahead of others.
We played the game, it did not dissapoint. A little bit of pain, a little disorientation and in the end a diagnosis. You were either infected or you were not. My +1 Kelsey was declared free of infection, but I realized that my jacket sleeve conveniently covered my wristband.
One single bit of information… yes or no.
We played a game for the next two hours, a social game, a logic game, a princess bride game about my status. One single bit of information, which I pointed out that I may or may not know, became the focus of an asymmetric game.
I asked Kelsey to make a declaration when he got on his bus, but that he should consider lying. He said he was not a good liar, so I took this into account when he departed. I expect to be infected, somehow I want to be infected, I can find out by looking but I have not.
He said, “You are infected” as he boarded his bus and it is the most amazing words I have heard in as long as I can remember. I really liked the answer. Did he lie to me? Did he feed into my desire, my delusion? What does it even mean to be infected.
This, this is a most amazing game. Build evidence, share an experience and then hide one single bit of information.
I shall know soon, but I do not know now.
(later) When I found out I was not disappointed.