Saturday, June 27, 2015

178. Patches

In imitation of the mission patches worn by their parents and grandparents, some of the upper/middle-class youths of Luna and Mars design their own patches, representing their own accomplishments.A simple graphics design AI can propose a variety of patches for an achievement, and once the user chooses one, smart clothing can weave the patch out of itself.

The general feeling is that only real-world accomplishments count, although some particularly impressive achievements in realistic simulspace games have been accepted. Each patch is unique, but some common themes are winning competitions, successfully breaking the law, or being the first to pull off a particular stunt.

The practice is also catching on among some scum militia groups, although their patches are given more for things like "killed a pirate while on buzz, you shoulda seen it" or "he drank it without even knowing what it was, what an idiot".

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