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Prisoner's Dilemma-Inspired Eateries

The 'Betrayers’ Banquet' is a Psychological Dining Experiment

— January 12, 2016 — Marketing
The Betrayers’ Banquet is a London-based installation that forces diners to engage in the prisoner's dilemma. The prisoner's dilemma is a canonical example of an economic theory that suggests that rational individuals do not always make rational decisions. This restaurant plays off of this theory by turning an immersive dining experience in a physiological experiment.

The Betrayers’ Banquet involves 48 diners and a 32-course dinner. Guests are seated randomly at the table, with fancy food served at the top end and unpalatable food served at the bottom end. Diners are then given the opportunity to change their fortune by exchanging tokens that can indicate either trust or betrayal. As the guests move around the table, they continuously engage in the prisoner's dilemma.

While it may sound unusual to turn a dinner into a physiological experiment, the experience ultimately gives diners an opportunity to participate in an interactive game, try different foods and socialize with everyone at the table. As a result, the event offers an immersive dining experience that is wholly unique.
Trend Themes
1. Immersive Dining Experiences - The Betrayers' Banquet offers an immersive dining experience that combines food, psychology, and interactive games.
2. Psychological Experiments in Entertainment - The prisoner's dilemma-inspired eateries create a unique form of entertainment that blends psychology and dining.
3. Interactive Social Dining - The event encourages socialization and interaction among diners, creating a new trend of interactive social dining experiences.
Industry Implications
1. Food and Beverage - The Betrayers' Banquet introduces a disruptive innovation opportunity for the food and beverage industry by combining unconventional dining concepts with immersive experiences.
2. Entertainment - Psychological dining experiments like the Betrayers' Banquet open up new possibilities for the entertainment industry to create unique and engaging experiences for audiences.
3. Hospitality - The immersive and interactive nature of prisoner's dilemma-inspired eateries presents an opportunity for the hospitality industry to offer distinctive dining experiences that will attract customers.
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