The Malthusian Paradox: Enter a new reality and prepare to be amazed at what you might find
The Malthusian Paradox is an alternative reality experience that’s set to take the virtual world by storm. It’s free and it could become addictive. Here’s a taste of what it’s all about.
STEP into a thrilling alternative world and see if you can solve the Malthusian Paradox. That’s the challenge being offered on-line and in person in the East Midlands over the next few months.
Following its successful event Covernomics at Gamecity last year, Urban Angel (a multimedia animation and education company) has received Arts Council backing to pursue a larger, more substantial and regional multi-platform digital project working with organisations such Phoenix in Leicester, Quad in Derby and Nottingham Contemporary. Stephen McLaren, Urban Angel’s company manager, says: “The Malthusian Paradox is an ambitious, immersive experience where audience members or participants are actively involved in the trans-media narrative and are able to influence outcomes within the story by their actions in the real and digital world.”
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As the world reaches an estimated seven billion people, it becomes impossible for the same quality of living to be achieved by all. Powerful companies intend to reduce sections of the population through controlling fertility by genetic manipulation. Audiences are asked to join a resistance group (AMBER) and then attempt to unravel the truth by becoming participants in the narrative, supporting AMBER’s work, solving clues and codes and exposing the truth.
Stephen adds: “The project will blend the use of video, social networking, live interventions and a variety of digital platforms and technologies to create an experience where audience members can decide their level of involvement from a passive observer to a fully active cell member.”
WHAT IS THE MALTHUSIAN PARADOX?
An adventure you can play on line and in real life. You can also watch a series of short films that will give you clues and move the story along. You become part of the story. It’s like being right inside a thriller where you are one of the characters. You will be able to play online and in person. All you need to do is register on the website and your adventure begins.
WHY SHOULD I PLAY?
Well, because it’s fun! You will meet a range of characters who you will be able to interact with by email, telephone, Facebook and also in person at various live events. You will be able to solve challenges, chat to other players and characters and help them solve the final puzzle. You will also be able to watch a series of six short films that will be uploaded to the website every seven days.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
That’s up to you. You can get fully immersed in the experience or you can dip in and out.
WHERE DOES THIS ADVENTURE TAKE PLACE?
The Malthusian Paradox is set across the East Midlands. Events and the action will take place in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Corby and Lincoln.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Prof Solomon Baxter has discovered a secret that if exposed, will threaten the very existence of a select and powerful ‘illumini’. Your role will be piece together the whole story, help those supporting Prof Baxter, solve challenges, take up missions and save the world.
HOW CAN I JOIN IN?
You can join in The Malthusian Paradox at www.malthusianparadox.com