Alternet Reality Online Game Lets You Control Real-Live Actors

Picture an online game where you interact with the characters, telling them what to do and they act out your instructions. Now picture the characters being live actors, and you have Alternet Reality.

It's a real game. And you can play it.

Here's the premise, according to the website:
There's another dimension besides your own. There's ours. Last year, in our reality, scientists discovered there was a way to communicate with your dimension, through the Internet. However, this breach created glitches in the barriers between us. These glitches were dubbed: anomalies. Soon, the number of anomalies began to multiply and the scientists' government backers decided it needed to get organized to maintain order. We need your help to accomplish this mission.
The game scenarios involve characters being in some complicated predicament like being trapped and you need to help them escape. You provide instructions and they act them out. And if you get distracted or take too long, they talk back. "Helloooo. Waiting heeeere."

It's one thing to play an online game with other people, it's another thing entirely to have your actions be acted out by another human. Thankfully, it's nothing like what we saw in Gamer, a movie that still creeps me out to this day.

IMHO, watching a live character could introduce an added dimension: by having to feel like you have to play well for your character. Like you need to impress your character by your problem-solving skills and the time it takes you to complete tasks. If anything, I think that interpersonal dependency would draw you further and further into the game, adding a very ego-driven element to play.

I can't help but wonder though about those actors. How mind numbing would it be to feign interest in having users direct your through scenarios hour after hour and day after day. Wouldn't that take a toll on you mentally? Especially when you see that a user just. isn't. getting. it. Or that they are missing some very obvious clues. Or if they start to take liberties and try to direct you to do all sorts of weirdness a la Subservient Chicken? That might lead to some very curious interactions... and potential live-streamed mental unravelling.

Hmmm, I think it just got more interesting.

Take a look and consider, would you play?

(Source: Mashable)

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