In response to a few recent games that appear to be lacking in the criteria. This is a short list and thoughts on some stand out game mechanics that developers seem to be ignoring and need to build upon.
Man Uses Xbox Live To Become A US Resident
Who says that gaming doesn’t have tangible rewards? For one young man, being a gamer literally got him a ticket to residency here in the States. You have to love America.
Jose Muñoz moved here when he was one year old. Although he and his family came here illegally, there are laws in place that allow children who arrived as illegal immigrants to obtain legal residency when they get older. However, there is a simple rule: you have to prove that you have been here since 2007, under the guidelines of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
This was quite the conundrum for Muñoz, who despite having lived here for plenty long enough, had no records indicating he was in fact eligible for citizenship. Luckily for him, he had a clever lawyer, and once again, video games were there to save the day. Muñoz’s attorny explains:
“It dawned on me that he may have some record of the games he had purchased or something that shows he’s been here since 2007. He sent me the proof of this that had his address, his account information and proof of all the games he had downloaded or purchased since 2007. It worked perfectly to establish that he’s been here continuously.”
Apparently Muñoz was quite the fan of Xbox Live, and had downloaded a number of games from the service, as well as played a few of them online. One glimpse at his records, and the address tied to his account, proved that he had in fact been in the country long enough. It took a couple months of waiting, but eventually the government decided that Microsoft wouldn’t lie to them, and granted Muñoz his benefits.
Always great to hear games actually doing some good. However, it appears that now he’s a legal resident, those stupid responsibilities are keeping him from gaming like he used to. Personally, I think the country would be a better place if every citizen had to prove that they play video games. If there is a better litmus test for being American, I don’t know what it is.