You want to play the game that you want because you believe yourself to be a rational, intelligent, logical person.
You believe you can win the game.
You don't oversleep, you have a generous data plan.
You can choose.
And you're complaining that the game isn't useful because it doesn't fully allow you to choose.
The type of person that drives for Uber and Lyft in real life don't have the privilege to choose. They are driving for Uber and Lyft.
That's why it's hard.
You may have worked hard to be where you are, you have done it from a kid squatting on the ground to poop in a third world country to being the top earner at a tech company, all by yourself. That's great, that's rare, you deserve whatever accolades you choose to laud yourself with.
Or maybe it's not that dramatic of a distance. Maybe you're a middle-income family that could work to afford college education and you studied and worked hard to afford good sleep and generous data plans.
That initial position is still much better in the distribution model of modern society than many others that can never leave their situation.
What do you choose to do about it?
Per the demonstration, it doesn't matter. It's still railroading the player in a very unrealistic way that has less to do with "privilege" (doesn't take much of it to choose to work in Sacramento) and more to do with "I'm going to shove the intended storyline down the player's throat within 30 seconds".
Total bills would have been much more appropriate, unless Uber drivers themselves are reporting $4k/mo mortgages, in which case loan approvals need some serious regulation.
Regardless, this game is about someone on the edge of financial failure. The only option is selling the house and hoping for some profit to pay for relocation.
There's probably other recent evidence to support this idea...
That being said, if mortgage was actually $1000/month and I still have 3 other weeks, being an Uber driver is suddently not so bad.
...I think that's kind of the point. But don't spend too long rethinking your life, because you need to earn money! And somehow improve your life in your spare time.
That was entertaining and sickening all at once.
Corporate masters - be more flexible for us, we'll pay you less too. FT, WSJ etc. "Gig economy, sounds like rock bands! Awesome."
I'm in no way a socialist but FFS, "gig economy?" Seriously?
But then, when it comes down to it, the "gig economy" was just SF speak for "A shitty part-time job."
I think it did a good job of putting me in the driver's seat, forcing me to make some tough decisions.
But what happens after week 1? Do you go right back into the grind and work 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year? Brutal.
One major disaster (healthcare, job loss, natural disasters, recession, divorce) is all it takes for this American dream to turn into a nightmare.
Pardon? I picked Sacramento for a reason, buddy.