You Can Control A Living Person On Halloween Night With This Unnerving MIT Augmented Reality Game

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 1:29PM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 1:29PM
You Can Control A Living Person On Halloween Night With This Unnerving MIT Augmented Reality Game
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While everyone is playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and Black Ops 4, developers and engineers at the MIT Media Lab are going for a game with a much darker theme.

The program is called BeeMe, and it gives users the opportunity to control the actions of a real person, like the twisted version of a living SIM character. Incredibly, the project was made by eight people for less than $10,000.

It's the perfect, creepy thing for Halloween – but will the social experiment go too far for the other 364 days of the year?

The program website describes it as a "massive immersive social game that directly draws inspiration from popular culture, literature, performing arts, gaming, and YouTube streaming culture."

At 11 PM tonight, an actor will allow himself to become an avatar for players who log on to The game's plot involves taking down an evil AI named Zookd, and it's up to players to work together to help the actor make it through to the end.

"If they fail, the consequences could be disastrous," Niccolò Pescetelli told Business Insider. Full details for the game have not been revealed, but if the slogan is anything to go by – See what I see. Hear what I hear. Control my actions. Take my will. Be me. – things could get weird.

Pescetelli said the program should last for around two hours and that there will be some limits to what the audience can make the actor do. "Anything that violates the law or puts the actor, their privacy, or their image in danger is strictly forbidden...Anything else is allowed. We are very curious about what [is] going to happen."

Commands will be submitted as comments, with the hive ("Bee"Me) asked to upvote the ones they want to see. "Many people have played an augmented reality game, but BeeMe is reality augmented," Pescetelli added.

The developers won't know how many people are engaging with the program until tonight when it starts.

To see how it goes, you'll just have to join in. Want to play a game?