Global Game Jam 2018: Packets, Please!

“Packets, Please!” by Cosmic Adventure Squad (Vu Ha, Rose Peng, Edward DiNola, Jordan Cazamias, Andrew Lee, Nikolas Anderson Korolog & Christopher Palacios).

“With the repeal of net neutrality rules you are the new big data, data throttler. Do your job and follow the company policy!”

Some games can be super entertaining, satisfying and educational at the same time. “Packets, Please!” is one of those. While it confronts the player with a “Papers, Please!” inspired gameplay (deciding how to treat different internet provider users based on their own status, activities and data), it shows off the possibly monstrous effects which wait for us thanks to the repealing of the net neutrality.

And by that I don’t mean just being throttled for bingewatching too many TV series on Netflix or something like that, but also political effects: Disabling users from using social media in countries to stop protests against the government, for example.

“Packets, Please!” is super polished, features awesome pixel art and is overall simply an amazing piece of work. It might be not completely finished (after day 7 the play conditions just repeat over and over again), but I would love to see more of it. One of the best Global Game Jam entries I ever played, period. >>PLAY