One Session Zoom Game Buy! Sell!
For IndieCade, experience a one-time only massively multiplayer version of the alternative control game, Buy! Sell! You’ll join a team of enterprising stock traders, researching hot commodities and racing against the clock as you pass on information to your trader on the floor.
Using the motif of stock trading, Buy! Sell! explores individual choice in the context of information overload. Feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information hitting us every minute of every day seems to be the new normal. This deluge can be absolutely crippling leaving us asking, “What is the right thing to do?” “What really matters?” These are big important questions that are definitely worth asking. However, at any given time, there are usually only a handful of choices we can immediately make.
Buy! Sell! uses the structure of a dated stock trading floor to illustrate this point. Players watch a fictional trading terminal and yell into modified analog telephones to buy or sell stocks. Deciding which information to act on increases in difficulty as the game progresses, although the number of choices a player can make at any given time remains constant. The game overwhelms players with information. Some of it is useful. Some of it isn’t. Additional complexity is introduced through the visual design while the game mechanic remains simple. The player never has more than a few moves to make. The player who is able to consistently make simple choices in the midst of chaos wins the game.
“Mouse & the Billionaire is the duality of the creative process. Mouse & the Billionaire is the fight between authenticity and showmanship; between poverty and prosperity. Mouse & the Billionaire is serious conversation and engaging dialogue and outrageous play and ridiculous games.
Mouse & the Billionaire is an Art and Design collective which has been building games, installations, and experiences since 2004. They are composers, musicians, educators and interactive designers exploring the role of technology in life through the lens of playful experience. Past work has touched on harnessing external datasets for experimental electronic musical expression, nostalgia, collaborative frameworks and innovative gestural controllers.”
- Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
- Date: Oct 18 2020
- Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm