Game Design: Team III

By 10/01/2018 Game Design

Test. Test. Test. Test. Test. Think about how much you should test and then multiply that by 10.

Fuck, today I had a pretty good idea about a game with a decentralized system and now I can’t seem to remember it.


There we go. It was not an idea for a game, it was an idea for a novel. In the world where “GENhub” takes place, humanity’s DNA has been fully mapped and our genetic code is now pretty much open source software. You have the GENhub, a vast repository of genetic code. You have compilers that translate the code in GENhub into your DNA. You can get pretty custom if you know what you’re doing.

Enhanced lifespan. Night vision. Super strength. Armored skin. Impossible reflexes. Extreme intelligence.

There’s a catch, however. Much like in the modern machine programming landscape, almost no one actually codes in pure genetic code. It’s tedious and error-prone, so higher-level languages are used. These languages, however, trade simplicity for power consumption and humanity hasn’t found a way to consume less biological energy. This means that the higher you go in the language you use, the more energy your body is consuming constantly. So either you require a higher energy intake or you burn.

Wealthy people who can afford a higher energy intake have extensive genetic modifications done to themselves.

The whole thing smacks of cyberpunk, though, and I’m not sucking Stephenson’s dick hard enough to go for it! There are, of course, ramifications. The genetic code, like any other code, is vulnerable to hacking. This makes human beings vulnerable to genetic hacking. There have been documented cases of “farms”. To avoid a single point of failure, genetic code development was decentralized just as currency was. Many different GENcode chains sprung up. The oldest, most secure and traditionally human chain is BitGEN. There’s EtherGEN, a new protocol that allows anyone to build their own code chain.

How can you explore the implications of being able to tweak your genes?

  • Can someone use GENhub to clone itself to everyone who chooses to fork that library?
  • Can BitGEN be hacked by going after the lizard brain?
  • Can someone without scruples use ransomware on a living person?
  • Can the equivalent of genetic “hello world” be to change the color of one’s eyes?
  • Can genetic tribes emerge?
  • Can GENhub be banned in countries and compilers be declared illegal?

Time to play around a little bit with that idea! And hey, maybe there’s a game in there after all. Whaddayaknow, eh?

Holy fuck: today’s Google doodle is about Har Gobind Khorana.

#103 Playtesting

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