A MAZE. / Berlin 2019

8th International Games and Playful Media Festival


by Basil (Ireland)

Genre: Social Change Fleet Simulator

The game seems to be a usual fleet management simulator. However, under the hood, the simulator is attempting to keep track of player biases towards different populations.

The tutorial and gameplay seems to show that certain color populations are better/worse at certain roles, but in reality all roles are exactly the same. The reported data shown by the game is not manipulated at all, so players that are paying attention would indeed be able to notice a discrepancy.

In testing, almost no players noticed their own bias and unconscious following of the rules, despite onscreen data confirming that all populations were the same

Platform: PC