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Have You Played... Photobomb?

Dystopian justice

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

In the wake of a bombing in a crowded public place, can you pull together tracking data and photos from social media to figure out who planted it? Can you execute a suspect even if you can't? Photobomb [official site] is a fascinating, chilling, and free puzzle game sending players into a virtual recreation of the crime scene to point the finger - and pistol - at someone.

The near-future premise is plausible: the plaza is crowded, but all expect six people are wearing tracking IDs. With a simulation recreating the movements of everyone in those final seconds beyond the bomb detonated, you can identify and follow the untagged people by restaging photos taken from nearby social media. Suspected and landmarks captured in photos are coloured, and your job is to apply that data to the simulation by restaging the photographs. Once they're marked, you can follow them around and see who's responsible.

Oh, but you only have two minutes. This likely won't be enough time to identify everyone and be certain. In the rush to deliver a verdict, will you end up making a 'good enough' guess when ordered to execute someone?

It's a chilling little tale about possible futures and present-day self-declared Internet detectives. Look at what happened after 2013's Boston Marathon bombing.

Photobomb could be bigger, I suppose. It's only one scene (generated differently each time for variance) and shouldn't take you many runs to master. I suppose it could have a story campaign with bigger locations, new technologies, and new difficulties to overcome. But I think I quite like it this way. A dystopian short story.

Normally I wouldn't do this, but the explanation of how it works makes so much more sense when you see it so here's the video I made before:

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