Earth Day Gets Live-Action Reality Game at Greenpoint Reformed Church

by Heather Van De Mark on

If you’re looking for something to do on Earth Day, there is always the traditional going outside, beautifying a park, planting a tree/flowers, making bird feeders, etc. But if you’re interested in trying something new for Earth Day, consider the simulated reality game called, US, in which participants act out an unscripted story of a sustainable “eco-cult.” One part sustainability project, one part performance art. From the makers of the game:

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Us, a live-action simulated reality game, launches in Brooklyn on April 22nd, Earth Day. In the game, players are immersed into an interactive story about an eco-cult who believes they have been given the key to sustainability. Players work through a series of levels in an attempt to find the key for themselves.

The game’s developers, a company called life (live interactive fiction experiment), believe that game-world experiences will transfer into the real-world, because the two worlds overlap in a way that is almost seamless.

Its free to play, but players must be 18 to enter. From the game site, players are instructed to “become members” and “attend a meeting.” The first game of Us will be played on Earth Day, and then continues every Monday evening. Each week, the game starts at a “meeting” in the basement of Greenpoint Reformed Church but ends somewhere else. Players decide where and when the game ends. 

Us is one part performance experiment and one part sustainability project. We made the game because these issues are overwhelming and they can be really complex and even hard to deal with. We want people to lose themselves for a bit. To forget about all the restrictions and limitations we give ourselves, and just play with the possibilities. 

For more information and to sign-up to play, view the US game website.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.

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