On Friday, Elon Musk announced he was suspending his $45 billion Twitter buyout because he had just discovered some of the site’s accounts were fake.
The platform unveiled Twitter Data Dash, which plays like a vintage side-scroller platformer that’s been draped in a healthy dose of misinformation anxiety.
You take control of a blue-hued pup named Data and are tasked with collecting five hidden bones in each of the game’s Day-Glo city environments. (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the analog I kept coming back to during my gameplay.) After you complete your goal, the level ends and Twitter blesses you with a distilled talking point from its Ethics Committee. Example: Once I collected my first set of bones, a message popped up on the screen telling me that I could opt out of targeted ads from Twitter if I wanted to. The second time I was given instructions on how to screen my DMs.
“If Twitter really wanted to be accurate at this level, then you wouldn’t be running around freely in a city, dodging bad guys, and collecting bones of somewhat dubious origin,” tech site Gizmodo points out. “Instead, bad guys are inevitable, and not only will they actively pile on your poor pup Data and crush his tiny lungs, but you, the player, have to live with the knowledge that Data will continue to be choked long after he leaves. the game.
The biggest problem with Twitter Data Dash is that the game isn’t very fun. The controls are too floating: at the moment the jump button is mapped to the up arrow, and that’s just crazy. If we are going to gamify our private policies – if that is the nightmare we are going to have – then I demand Elden Ring precision. At this point, it’s the least Twitter can do.