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Hmm. Do games need politics? TheDW leans toward no (we get more than enough of that in our daily lives) but one game developer is partnering with a Harvard University law professor to do just that in its upcoming game. The game is called Seed, and it’s being developed by Klang. Klang is working with Lawrence Lessig, who is a constitutional law expert. Lessig sat down to an interview with Venture Beat’s Dean Takahashi to explain a little more about what they are trying to accomplish with Seed.
Here’s a snippet of the interview: “What we’ve been talking about are ways to give people in the game options for how they’d like that governance to happen. The options range from the simplest, most minimal—basically, from as little government as possible, to things like monarchy or different forms of democracy. You can randomly select people for office. We want to enable, in the lowest-cost way possible, the lowest number of cycles, to enable these different options, and see how these worlds evolve. Which ones work well? Which ones cohere with the kind of gaming that’s happening?”