Superstruct – alternative reality forecasting
Created by the Institute for the Future (such a cool name), Superstruct is a MMO-type alternative reality forecasting game. The real and virtual worlds are tied together, meshed together by a narrative and sequence of events. Orders and instructions are given online but players have to execute them in the real world.
The narrative and essence of Superstruct is a series of superthreats to the world in 2019 – global viruses, energy crisis, food shortages, those types of threats.
The Q&A’s neatly sum-up what’s going down here (which is what they should be doing anyway)….
A: Superstruct is the worlds first massively multiplayer forecasting game. By playing the game, youll help us chronicle the world of 2019–and imagine how we might solve the problems we’ll face. Because this is about more than just envisioning the future. Its about making the future, inventing new ways to organize the human race and augment our collective human potential.
Q: Why should I play Superstruct?
A: Here are some of our favorite reasons: Because
youre curious about the future, because you want to make friends and
collaborators all over the planet, because you want to learn how to become a
future forecaster, and because you want to change the world.
Q: Who can play Superstruct?
Everyone! The more players, the better the collective forecast.
Q: How do I play Superstruct?
A: Superstruct is played on forums, blogs, videos, wikis, and other familiar online spaces. We show you the world as it might look in 2019. You show us what its like to live there. Bring what you know and who you know, and well all figure out how to make 2019 a world we want to live in.
Q: Who is making Superstruct?
A: Superstruct is being developed by the Ten-Year Forecast team at the Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit think tank based in Palo Alto, California. Project leads include TYF director Kathi Vian, blogger and futurist Jamais Cascio, and game designer Jane McGonigal.
Q: When can I play Superstruct?
A: The game starts October 6, 2008, and it will last for six weeks. Top
Superstructure Honors will be given out by our celebrity game masters favorite
superstructures at the end of the game, on November 17.
Check it out.