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Mar 22, 2017


Experience Bad News!

-an ai-assisted immersive experience for one player, at TAG on Wednesday March 22nd.

Winner of the Audience Choice award at the 2016 IndieCade Festival, Bad News is an immersive experience whose story and setting is uniquely generated, for each performance, by a computer simulation.

Play session will be held from 1-5pm in TAG (EV 11.435), followed by a performance piece at 5:30pm.


In the summer of 1979, a resident in a procedurally generated American small town has died alone at home, and a mortician’s assistant—the player—is tasked with tracking down and notifying the next of kin.

To do this, the player navigates the richly simulated town to interact with its residents, who are each played live by a professional actor with extensive improvisational experience. Throughout gameplay, an unseen wizard listens in remotely to manage the unfolding experience via live coding and discreet communication with the actor.

Each 45-minute playthrough is designed to showcase the humor, drama, and tragedy of everyday life.


James Ryan & Ben Samuel from:


🏠  TAG (EV 11.435) on Wednesday March 22nd

⏰  Play session: 1-5pm
⏰  Performance piece: 5:30pm.