The Crash Pedistal

The interactive documentary titled Cardboard Crash discusses a game that is entirely based on the ethics behind self-driving cars. The player plays as a “driver” in a self-driving car and the player decided how to solve issues during the drive that normally the AI would be performing. Despite how interesting this game is in theory, the documentary instead focuses on the creator more than the game.

Cardboard car 2

Late in the documentary, the image above is shown. The quote shows more interest in the people than the game itself. It states that there were obstacles in making the game. The main obstacle focused on in the video was that there are different ways that people look. Some people use only their eyes to change their view, and others use their neck and their eyes. The creators of the game just made the hitbox very large for the different options and were very happy that they did so successfully. changing a hitbox is not very hard.

Another example that the creator pointed out is the problem of nausea for virtual reality users. It is common in most games for players to become nauseous during playing. Often times it is due to the nature of the game itself, not the technology. Instead of fixing the issue, the creators decided to incorporate nausea into the game. I was shocked to hear that they were willing to make their players sick and yet the creator tries to make it sound like they persevered through a struggle.

cardboard car

When started writing this, I initially thought that this documentary was focused on the production team as a whole, but I was surprised when I went through the video a second time that the creator attempts to point out his own genius. He says several times “I wanted,” and  “I want,” and entirely fails to acknowledge his team in this first video. Frankly, I don’t understand why he would disregard his team in this video when he acknowledges them later. The only explanation I could come up with is that he wanted to make the game seem like purely his creation.

This documentary is used as an excuse to glorify the creator in order to make the organization that he works for look better. He actually works for the NFB of Canada. This whole documentary is aimed at glorifying the creator of “Cardboard Crash” in order to improve the standing of him and his organization


“Can algorithms make ethical choices?” Cardboard Crash, Accessed 26 Sept. 2017.


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