YouTube is a representation of a space, in the sense of a field that is made up through the conversations that are taking place between its users. These conversations are not only the comments on the videos but mainly the videos themselves.
The artefacts of their work are not products existing as discrete, complete packages but mostly they get the form of an unstable element, looking more like a vehicle in a race arena, that hunts the best possible rating position.
A number of videos made by users that are producers / reproducers, consumers (prosumers) reproduce the world wide national stereotypes and at the same time the war conflicts and tactics composing that way, a net video-war. The content of these videos is not limited only within the nationalistic war dithyrambs by the opposing sides, but goes further by tackling issues of immigration, identity, sexism, religion, and history including every kind of myth or historicity that has been produced and finally forming the Web 2.0 new versions of propaganda.
So far, several different national conflicts that are happening in the real world and are represented in the YouTube arena are used as game elements in the 3D multiuser space of Folded-In game. More conflict situations will be added during the evolution process of the project.
Video that are included in the game can be found -externally to the game- here.
Video contribution in YouTube is accompanied by tags that permit the access –and the rating- in the search engine. In Folded-In, tags that the YouTube users put in their uploaded videos become also game elements, by representing them inside the gamespace. The tags though, they are re organized revealing that way different relations between them, than these decided by the YouTube search engine.
Players inside the Folded-In gamespace are becoming flâneurs, by flying from tag to tag and re-designing that way, the propaganda mapping representation of global war production.
Tags and corresponded videos are accessible here.
Folded-In gamespace is a dogfight arena and warplanes need ammunition.
For this purpose artists (link) are contributing videos with an ambiguous content toward the propaganda stance that hold the YouTube war videos. The artists’ videos serve as ammunition supplies, thus, they are not represented by any other tags than: AMMO.
Artists’ contribution is accessible here.
Folded-In is a game that aims to achieve the semi-utopian purpose of the formation of the conscious gamer. Consequently, every group of tags that refer to specific conflict situations is accompanied by info spots (pic) that gives the player the possibility to be further informed on the issues of conflicts and /or their representation at the web2.0 space. As the information amount that is produced today regarding the global warfare production is huge, these info spots usually filtrate in a subjective form this amount of information by mediating them in different forms and finally link them to web sites related with the global production of warfare, as further elements of the Folded-In gameplay.
Info spots included so far into the game can be accessed here.