Will Herring (grey2scale on Twitter) made a game called Millennial Swipe Sim 2015 that is a not-so-subtle criticism of the way we (millennials) meet people these days. It's obvious that his game mimics the way the app Tinder works and by doing things Herring says probably, maybe more than he intended to with the game.
When you first start the game (after your initial click) you're prompted with a screen that tells you how to play the game (above). By making the win-lose scenario be solely based on a meter labeled "boredom", Herring easily deconstructs the way we date in the modern age.
I have personally used almost every dating app that's out there (as long as I didn't have to pay for it) and it suddenly does, in fact, turn into a game. In my experience, it made an ugly person out of me. Constantly swiping my screen in disdain, making decisions that were based exclusively on physical looks/attraction.
I've never thought of myself as a "shallow" person but it turns out -- with the help of Tinder, OKCupid, etc. -- that I, in fact, am totally capital-S Shallow. I don't know what it is about the age of the Internet that makes it so easy for someone behind a screen to judge someone else with a swift index finger movement but, it is.
We can say that it's because we're behind a screen, they're behind a screen, and we don't have to deal with actually "judging" someone because they're over there and we're over here, whatever. But it's still making horrible people out of us all. Or maybe I should look at it a little less cynically. Maybe it's giving us a clearer lens in which to judge potential mates.
Who am I kidding? It isn't. We are constantly bored (our real-life Boredom meter is constantly going up but we have other things to fill our time ((like words on the Internet AKA this)) in order to drain the meter). We are incessant in our quest to quell our boredom and Millennial Swipe Sim 2015 is a reminder of this.
Yes, its foundation is in app-based dating, but how often do we "swipe left" through our lives. It's almost like this game is a metaphor for our (millennials) lives. We want to date quick, succeed faster, and lose our boredom instantaneously. We will never be satisfied.
You can play Millennial Swipe Sim 2015 for free, here.