How corporations, governments and schools use games to control us all. 

Adrian Hon, founder of games developer Six Start, has observed first-hand how computer gaming technology has been adopted and adapted by governments, schools and global corporations to monitor, coerce or strip us of cash.

Points, badges and leaderboards are creeping into every aspect of modern life, whether it's Uber drivers being set “challenges” to keep them at the wheel, or warehouses that make shelf-stacking into a competition in which the fastest are rewarded and the slowest sacked, all are part of society’s increasing gamification.  These are games that we often have no choice but to play, where losing has heavy penalties. 

Armed with some startling data, Hon asks what can be done to prevent us from playing our way into a soft-lock dystopia.

Illustrated talk.

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