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Pop-Up Playground Offers Live Narratives Featuring Actors

 - Jan 19, 2017
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Pop-Up Playground is a Melbourne-based outfit that has dubbed itself an "experience design company." The company creates long-form, participatory stories that take place both online and in the real world, with outcomes dependent upon the beliefs and actions of people scattered across the city.

Pop-Up Playground's first narrative is called 'Outside: The Cloud.' The dystopian science fiction narrative revolves around an AI program that has developed the ability to take over people's minds and spread like a virus. After signing up for the experience online, players receive a part of the story at the beginning of each week, then have the rest of that week to solve puzzles and complete missions that impact the developments for the following story. The narrative is structured in two month-long acts, each of which comes to a climax with a live event featuring actors playing characters from the story.