Disgusting Dystopia

Plasticity presents a near future choking under plastic waste, designed with Forced Discomfort to make players react in disgust.

In Final Fantasy VII, the oppressive city of Midgar became the ecological wake up call of a generation of players. While much of the city, especially the upper levels, is steeped in the coolness factor that comes with cyberpunk aesthetics (“it’s a terrible society but… I still kind of want to live there”), there’s still plenty of ick factor in the garbage dumps and sewers of the Sector 7 slums.

Finely tuned, this can both be a tool to Reveal Costs of Extraction and Facilitate Grief for the World by canalizing it into righteous anger.