Representing the unfilmable: Nonny de la Peña on VR & ‘immersive journalism’

From a realisation that the digital sense of presence is a powerful thing, to being dubbed the ‘Godmother of VR’, Nonny de la Peña took us through her experiments in ‘immersive journalism’ at a recent lunchtime talk in Bristol, followed by a Q&A with DCRC director Mandy Rose. — It was an account of a ‘rape in […]

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Virtual Reality – the empathy machine?

A few months ago a listserv i’m a part of had a very interesting discussion about virtual reality (VR) and empathy – in part a response to Chris Milk’s assertions that VR is an ‘empathy machine’, but also a wider discussion about how VR is being used for non-fiction narratives. As VR gets bigger – […]

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Challenging climate change: The power of games to fight real-world problems

In 2007 Ken Eklund created World Without Oil, the first major alternate reality game which used a socially relevant theme to drive the story. The game sketched out the overarching conditions of a realistic oil shock, then called upon players to imagine and document their lives under those conditions. Compelling player stories and ideas were […]

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