OK, this looks like a lot of fun. I just got the creativity/brainstorming game MetaMemes, created by Kes Sampanthar. The concept is simple, and I think I’ve figured out how to play this game online among 3-4 geographically distributed players who each have a copy of the 214-card deck. You can buy the game online. ($23 plus shipping, USD) So who wants to play with me online? E-mail me!
Here’s a bit about the game…
There are four kinds of cards in the MetaMemes deck: Ideas, Objects, Inventions, and Words. Each card includes a brief illustration and explanation of its topic.
Without running through all the instructions in detail, there is a system that allows the players to quasi-randomly combine ideas chosen from the deck, and then team up in pairs to brainstorm about how those ideas might be combined to form a new idea. After several iterations of brainstroming, you end up with an array of new ideas. The players then use a point-weighted voting system to determine the best new idea.
I think this could be played online with the help of tools such as any instant-messneger client that allows conferences, or Skype, or a collaborative environment/tool set like Pexit, or just e-mail if you wanted to take your time about it.
Right now, I’m playing MetaMemes solitaire, my own invention. I just choose two cards are random and practice combining them in various ways in writing, and in talking to myself. (I do that a lot anyway, so I don’t look any stranger than usual for it…) I’ve found that when I play MetaMeme solitaire, I seem to end up with questions rather than fully-formed new ideas, but that’s still fun. I guess i need someone to bounce these questions against, so I’ll do that here!
I just chose the invention card anti-aging gene, and the word card evolution. Here are my top-of-the-head brainstorming combinations which came to mind in that round of solitaire:
- If a medical means of preventing aging were universally available, would that be the end of human evolution? Would we stagnate as a species?
- If a genetic therapy to prevent aging were developed, would or could evolution move to counteract it (make it ineffective)?
- “Evolution” is part of the word “revolution.” What kinds of political, social, and economic upheaval would result if some or all people were able to stop aging?
- Might the US Endangered Species Act be an anti-aging-gene approach to ecosystem maintenance? That is, are we trying to “freeze” the current diversity of species, rather than work with evolution?
- If everyone were to stop physically aging, would the governments of the world have to institute a mandatory age for suicide/euthanasia in order to prevent overpopulation? Or outlaw reproduction.
OK, that’s what I got in three minutes of brainstorming on two randomly chosen concepts.
So if there are other MetaMemers out there, let me know and we could give the online version a try.