2019 marks the 20th anniversary of what is arguably one of the best Science fiction movies ever made – The Matrix. It popularized an ancient idea that the world we live in may not be real. In other words, our world is just an illusion, a simulation — a video game.
So, Are we really living in a video game?
Game industry veteran Rizwan (Riz) Virk believes this could be true.
Rizwan (“Riz”) Virk is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, bestselling author, video game industry pioneer, and indie film producer. Virk currently runs Play Labs @ MIT (www.playlabs.tv) a startup accelerator for playful technologies held on campus at the MIT Game Lab and Bayview Labs (www.bayviewlabs.com).
Virk’s books include: Startup Myths and Models: Secrets They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School, from Columbia University Press (2020), Zen Entrepreneurship: Walking the Path of the Career Warrior (2013), and Treasure Hunt: Follow Your Inner Clues to Find True Success (2017).
Virk’s video games have been played by millions, including Tap Fish, and games based on TV shows like Penny Dreadful and Grimm. Virk has been an investor in many video game companies, including Telltale Games (creator of narrative games based on The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones), Disruptor Beam (creator of Star Trek: Timelines game), Pocket Gems, Tapjoy, Sliver.tv, and Discord.