In reading the previous discussion on gaming, it brought to mind an article I read a while back in regards to why people play video games... for the life of me I can't find the article again, but the author made some excellent points. If I am remembering correctly, one of his main points was that we play video games because they offer us an escape into freedom of choice that we are not allowed to have in real life.
I believe he hit the nail on the head there. In video games no one tells us what to do, we get to make our own choices and live or die with them.
I believe this is a potentially powerful medium for us to get our ideas across to a very wide and diverse audience.
I have been playing EVE lately and enjoy it, to the extent that it does indeed give you some form of freedom in a very large universe, yet when you start to become with the game you realize that it is centered around the "old world order" and the European view of society - big bad corporations (of course sponsored by the state) who war against each other for a larger slice of the governing pie.
From our view we see the same old state structure behind the game... a game of big government supported corporations, mercantilism, guilds, and taxes.
I love the potential of the game, I dislike the framework of future civilization is built on.
It is my fervent hope that someday, someone somewhere will develop a libertarian/anarcho-capitalist video game that will truly show the power of the freedom of choice, markets and association.
I think it's an idea who's time has come, what do you think?