Wouldn’t it be great if the world incorporated more games to improve our lives? Say somehow your driving behavior is monitored, for good behavior, you earn points, which lower your insurance bills. It already works like this, but it’s a delayed system, you have to wait months or years before the insurance company sees you haven’t gotten into an accident and verifies you are a safe driver.
Another example, but this time not made up. The new Honda Insight has a “Eco-Assist” mode that when turned on will tell you how to manage your driving and car so it is more fuel efficient. It includes:
“A sophisticated feedback system uses ambient color behind the speedometer to indicate efficiency as you drive. And a cumulative scoring system provides ongoing support.”
A scoring system? A feedback system? A goal of fuel efficiency? That’s a game if you ask me, isn’t it?
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