Why Ride-Share Driving Is The Greatest Video Game of All Time

As a video game generation, I played my share of games. In the 1980s, the games were extremely binary with a few colors on the screen. But I'll find myself staring at the screen for hours. Games have progressed over the years and the controllers and graphics have improved. Now the games seem to integrate the real world around you using the cameras on your cell phone and GPS location.

Recently, I started driving to a riding company. From the very beginning, I began to notice the similarities between the new real-life integrated video games and this driving application. The app displays a physical map, and when a ride request appears, the phone screen lights up in pink with the person's name and timer for 10 seconds to accept the trip. The experience is very pleasant. From the moment the request comes in, there is a feeling that you are playing a level in a game and that you have a goal to achieve. Adrenaline is pumped all the time I drive.

Technically, the application program itself is similar to a role-playing game. You have a profile that shows you statistics like earnings, distance, time, mileage, power zones, peak time, and peak areas. The map feature constantly lights up in pink to dark pink to show places where heavy orders are. If you don't realize that these places correspond to places in the real world, you probably think you are already playing a game. Very similar to role-playing games, if you do not accept a ride request, you will receive a negative on your acceptance rate. This is just like losing health in a game. Also, your final score comes at the end of each trip when you receive a payment for that trip.

One similarity to me is that there is an inherent addiction nature of the ride-sharing application. It reminds me of the same level of addiction I feel to some video games when I play them. It is as if you are driving and you just want to continue. Like you just want to get this trip back before you call it a night. Just to find yourself offering another five rounds. Just like in a video game where you keep telling yourself just one level, just one. Then the next thing you know is that the sun will rise, I played all night, and you have to start working!

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