Monday, October 15th 2012 - 18:54 UTC

“Angry Indec” video game to make Argentine more furious about prices

An Argentine video game allows players to compare the prices used by the National Statistics and Census Institute, Indec, to measure inflation with those consumers say they pay, a pastime that has caused angry reactions among players when they see the gap.

The game creates a map with the prices entered by the different players

“Angry Indec”, whose name was inspired from the popular video game “Angry Birds”, has been available free online ( for a month and has been tried by hundreds of users.

“People take it with humour. The comments the players leave are amusing, but they show the anger of the people with the Indec index. But this is nothing more than a game,” Sergio Viera, a 37-year-old professor at the National Technological University who developed the game along with six young systems engineering students.

The game is simple: you select one of eight available products, such as bread or meat, and you enter the price that you usually pay for it.

Immediately, the product falls into two shopping carts which, after a travelling along a route position themselves at a distance proportional to the difference between the entered price and the Indec value, an index whose viability has been called into question by economists and private consultants since early 2007.

Since the user must confirm his identity via a Twitter or Facebook account, the system takes information about his location.

That allows a map to be created with the prices entered by the different players, with red zones where the values entered by consumers are greatly above the official figures, and green zones where the prices are closer to the Indec values.

The idea for the game arose in late August at a meeting in Buenos Aires among computer developers and journalists that operates as an incubator of innovative ideas.

There, reporter Ignacio Castro proposed to young systems engineering students the idea of creating a “cooperative price map” and comparing it with Indec's prices.

“To make it more attractive, we proposed a game ... The idea of the game is to construct a heat map that shows the distance between the reality of each location in Argentina and that of Indec, and ... to have a little fun,” Castro said.

Indec said Friday that Argentina's consumer prices rose in September by 0.9% over August and by 10% over the same month a year ago. However the “Congress index” which is an average of nine private agencies, impeded from making their monthly data available, said in September prices were up 1.93% and 18% in the first nine months of the year.

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1 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 07:17 pm Report abuse
I love it......maybe this will get the people go a little farther.
2 slattzzz (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 07:17 pm Report abuse
oooops not good my rg trolls, get your gas masks out............oh sorry your already wearing them
3 scarfo (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 08:20 pm Report abuse
nine private agencies, impeded from making their monthly data available,

“Angry Indec”,

4 ProRG_American (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
This electronic medias redicule of government could only happen in a free country!
It says much good about Argentina.
5 Xect (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 09:54 pm Report abuse
Argentina a free country! Haha I see you've got a good sense of humor.....
6 surfer (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 10:02 pm Report abuse
so when the govt clamps down on Clarin, it's good for diversity.

extends dollar clamp, good for the economy.

clamps down on private agencies so they can't release inflation stats, good for games software designers?
7 Chicureo (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 11:14 pm Report abuse
Everyone I spoke with in Argentina is reminded of the inflation every time they shop. Some things are subsidized, which makes some things cheaper than Chile, especially at the gas/petrol station, but it is hurting overall the government's image.
8 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 15th, 2012 - 11:33 pm Report abuse
Of course sussie, and thats always why we laugh at kirchner for implanting her asshole on her mouth.
9 Pirat-Hunter (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 06:14 am Report abuse
Yes as an Argentine I am mad and wish Argentina would have more import and export controls and tax this greedy capitalists for price jacking. We all know very well the laws of supply and demand. If things keep going this way we demand CFK expropiates the monopolies Argentina's most basic needs.
10 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 10:38 am Report abuse
Thats right, take more businesses and they work run as smoothly as YPF. Looks like YPF just plain ran dry.
11 Anbar (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 12:33 pm Report abuse
lol, yes, take over all the private companies and give them to the control of Government lackies!

that ALWAYS goes well!!!!

12 gustbury (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
for when the game: how get work in uk!??? :O
13 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 02:06 pm Report abuse
Anbar....we see how well Aerolinas is going. And for the Poster there's a classic example of cfk's operations in action. YPF will run through the bond proceeds that Anses bought in 10 fortnights, then it will most likely close, unless the government will start funding it, but I tink her resources are getting awefully thin, especially when she's running out of U$ dollars.
14 Don Alberto (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
9 Pirat-Hunter: Yes as an Argentine I am mad and wish Argentina would have more import and export controls.

Great idea! - coming from your 3 brain cells.

One of my friends in Argentina suffers from cancer and last time he bought his life-saving medicine he had to try 9 farmacias before he found one that still had some.

Great idea! - moron.
15 surfer (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 06:12 pm Report abuse
stop lying about your stats Argentina
16 Captain Poppy (#) Oct 16th, 2012 - 06:23 pm Report abuse
#14 Pirate hunter is a Canadian.....don't pay him any attention.....he's 15, moved from Argentina whgen he was still suckling his momma and she weaned hiom too soon. He has serious anger issue.....riht alex varga of Canada?
Watch him....he really has serios hangups with homosexuals

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