A Future Where The Worst Nightmares About Video Games Are True

You hear the scare-logic all the time from folks who want to blame video games for bad stuff: they’re just training simulations for how to hurt people. A new sci-fi film project riffs on that premise and places it in a future where all you need to do to play an online game is stick a giant network wire on the back of your head. Thing is, this doesn’t look scary at all. It looks cool, which is probably part of the problem.

Haphead comes from writer Jim Munroe, a sci-fi writer who once edited Adbusters magazine and contributed to polemic drone pilot game Unmanned . The description reads like this:

Ten years from now, video games are so immersive that teenagers learn lethal skills just by playing. They’re called hapheads.

Yes, it’s got shades of ideas from The Matrix and loads of other dystopian speculation fiction but it wraps them up with threads that comment on modern-day happenings. Like, that factory where our heroine works is basically Foxconn, the Chinese firm best known for assembling Apple and Sony products in disturbing conditions.

And hey, look, the game they’re playing is Overgrowth. Hope this means we won’t have to wait until the year 20XX to get to play that awesome rabbit combat game. You can learn more about Haphead by going right here.

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