​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, videogames 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.



While I firmly stand by the belief that video games don't make people violent, I do believe it desensitized me.

I used to not be able to look at blood or graphic images, but now I have a much milder reaction.

More than that, I'm subtly disturbed by how much I seek out gore. It bothers me when games don't feature dismemberment and the like, and I greatly enjoy the violence in games like The Darkness, where you can straight up rip a guy in half, or pull out someone's spine through their asshole.

I dunno, but I'm making damn sure I keep my kids on a strict Pokémon regimen.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I've also had this effect with empathy. I've started regressing from caring about actual people.

I blame this partly on games, partly on me being born an asshole.