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LeakyWorld Makes the WikiLeaks Saga Playable in the Abstract

LeakyWorld Makes the WikiLeaks Saga Playable in the Abstract (photo)

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No matter what you think about the ongoing saga of Julian Assange and the disclosure of classified documents through his WikiLeaks website, the whole affair highlighted in broad strokes the way that the instant-access nature of the internet can upend traditional modes of political discourse. Happenings like WikiLeaks makes it harder for societies everywhere to tell themselves convenient Big Lies about class, conflict and what the sociopolitical elites do with the power granted them.

Amazingly, Paolo Pedercini boils the heady dialectic at the core of the controversy down into a playable game. LeakyWorld can be found here and was made in 10 days as part of the WikiLeaks Stories Project. The game mechanic is connect-the-dots with a dash of “Missile Command.”

Two things struck me as I played “LeakyWorld”:

1. The systems that connect the elites and the masses are connected. Indeed, the threads of information that you use to snip those pesky leaks in one spot just provide other pathways from node to node.

2. You’re never going to stop all the leaks. This may seem obvious in the post-“information wants to free” world we’re living in, but the very nature of a game compels you to think you’re going to win. It’s a nice metaphor for how the various attacks on Assange will only cripple but not destroy the mechanisms behind his work.

Take note that you’re playing as the elites. Pedercini’s comments that accompany the game are worth reading, too, particularly for the critique that they provide of Assange’s philosophy. Overall, LeakyWorld’s a great example of a game built in rapid response to real-world events that serves as a great playable allegory.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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