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Nothing to Hide inspired by government surveillance

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Nothing to Hide is an "anti-stealth" browser game, according to its creator Nicky Case. The game is a protest against increased government surveillance into our lives, and particularly in the country of Case's birth, Singapore.

"I was born in Singapore, and moved when I was 10. Singapore is pretty much Big Brother with a smile," said Case, in an email interview with Polygon. "Censorship and surveillance are everywhere. Singapore is the inspiration for my game's clean controlling dystopia."

In the game, which is currently seeking crowd-funding of $40,000, players are required to remain in sight of a camera at all times. This is why Case calls the game "an inverted stealth mechanic."

"Later on, additional mechanics are added like moving sidewalks, cameras that trigger other devices, using unconscious people as puzzle elements. This gives the game's deceptively simple mechanic a lot of depth," added Case. "It reflects how our governments currently spy on us, by having us do it for them.

"Every action and thought the game's characters have is immediately posted to 'The Wall,' an omnipresent social media feed that is on every screen on every wall," said Case, who now lives in California. "A bit like social media today. And the game's mechanic involves picking up and moving around devices with cameras always watching them. A bit like our mobile devices today."

A playable demo of Nothing to Hide, which is an open source project, is available online