In watching my son play a video game I was reminded that we’ve really set money up as a construct of scarcity. In the game called “Robots” you gather sprockets and sprogs to buy things: upgrades, parts, weapons, information. In fact the whole game is based on gathering critical currency to give or trade. This game is all about money.
It’s very clear that it’s about gathering together scarce things to get even more scarce things. it seems that we’re programming ourselves and our children to identify and focus on scarcity rather than on sufficiency.
When I looked around I realized that nearly every video game I could think of was about this idea (or the idea of hacking things into little bits to get the coinage to do the thing). And that money is viewed as a bottleneck rather than a support to the gamer.
It was surprising to me to see and put the pieces together here. I wonder what message this is sending to those of us who like to play in the digital world. What do you think?