FYI man, alright. You could sit at home, and do like absolutely nothing, and your name goes through like 17 computers a day. 1984? Yeah right, man. That’s a typo. Orwell is here now. He’s livin’ large. We have no names, man. No names. We are nameless!
I’ve been on a surveillance game bender this past while and thought it might be fun to discuss the games and the themes that they touch on.
Most of y’all will know that I’m a sucker for a hacker game, and surveillance games scratch many of the same itches.
At their core, they all tend to be games about uncovering secret/hidden information and connecting the clues to reveal the game’s ultimate mystery.
A free game that we played in a recent GameClub that does this brilliantly is Digital: A Love Story, one of Christine Love’s earlier games.
Games that are neither hacker, nor surveillance games that hit all the same dopamine receptors in my brain  are titles like Papers, Please, Her Story, Oxenfree, and To The Moon. Even horror games like Stasis and F.E.A.R have a mystery element to them that not only adds to the horror, but is catnip for a mystery freak like me.
Anyway… back to surveillance games.
I recently finished Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You, and before that Do Not Feed the Monkeys.
The themes are fairly obvious: surveillance state == bad, but what I like about Orwell is that it also offers a more nuanced perspective. If you do your job right, you can prevent tragedy.
I guess I have two questions:
Any recommendations of games in a similar vein?
What do in our hyper-connected world? Is there a middle-ground to be had between freedom, privacy, surveillance, and safety?