Here we go . . . DYSTOPIA ROLEPLAY AND INTERACTIVE DRAMA! Okay, this video thingie is yet another sequel to an earlier video I shared (here) and it’s followup (here) and like the earlier version, this one is also cute and a half while addressing some intriguing issues such as Dystopia in Interactive Drama or LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) or Live RPG . . . a subject near and dear to me as my doctoral dissertation was on the subject (well, on interactive drama as it related to scenarios).
As I’ve noted previously, one point brought up by Sarah Lynne Bowman (http://www.sarahlynnebowman.com) in the earlier episode is that there is a schism in which society and LARP communities reinforce a glorification of violence but whenever sex enters a scenario, there is often – usually – a whole lot of squeamishness. Now, keep in mind, she’s not talking about scenarios being acted out with underage participants (where violence is evidently still pretty damned okay) but with adults and she’s not implying that there’s actual making of the beast with two backs (although clearly, that happens). Speaking of Bowman, check out her excellent interview on immersive gameplay and her talk on How Emotions Affect Role-Playing Experiences from the Nordic LARP Talks series (hint, I believe some of the most innovative academic discussions of interactive drama are coming out of the Scandinavian countries – a movement that has revitalized Western formal discourse on the subject elsewhere as well).
As many regular readers here know, I’ve written about interactive drama roleplay a few times and published in the old ILF/LARPA journal as well as the more academic oriented peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Drama (http://www.interactivedramas.info) which I am also an editor of. Yes, the journal is still active and as soon as there are enough accepted pieces, a new issue will be published. The scenario archive on the same site has numerous scenarios as well.
In any case, here is the delightfulish video:
As a side note, some of you are also familiar with my work in combining immersive interactive drama or roleplay with trance or experiential hypnosis which I’ve written about in the Journal of Experiential Trance (http://trancesociety.net/journal) – yes, that journal is also accepting submissions. Our Vicarious Experiential Machine work fits this sort of thing perfectly.
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