Ubisoft’s latest open world game, Watch Dogs, lets players assume the role of a hacker named Aiden Pearce. Pearce uses a cellphone app to learn more about the strangers roaming Watch Dogs’ version of Chicago—and some players are using this information to kill digital minorities. If you’ve seen screenshots or footage of Watch Dogs, then you already know what sorts of information Pearce cellphone app, the Profiler, tells the player. Here’s one example: You’ll note that the Profiler tells you a character’s name, their age, their occupation (and sometimes their income), as well as one random fact about the character. The fact can be anything, from interests and hobbies to sexual preferences and everything in-between. It might not seem like much, but this information is genuinely changing the way people play and think about the game. This was apparent before the game even officially out. Back when the game had leaked ahead of its release, Kotaku received an email about players who hunted down certain characters in Watch Dogs. Most footage of this nature was taken down by the time we caught wind of it, but there were still at least one screenshot floating around that purported to show characters… Read full this story
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