Are first-person shooters not real enough for you? Or maybe you just wish that you had a greater degree of control over your FPS games? Well, one enterprising group of filmmakers from the UK designed a fully interactive real-life FPS set during the zombie apocalypse that is—get this—controlled by strangers over Internet chat programs like ChatRoulette, Omegle, and Skype. And it’s freakin’ awesome.
The team at YouTube’s RealmPictures created the ultimate interactive first-person shooter experience by designing a live-action zombie shooter in the church and surrounding churchyard where their company is based. Then, they turned over control to complete strangers on ChatRoulette, Skype, and Omegle. The player character providing the viewer’s perspective was simply wearing a motorbike helmet equipped with a GoPro camera and a wireless device that encodes and transmits the footage in real-time to a nearby control cente. The results are, predictably, hilarious—especially when the narrator interacts with the player’s prompts.
Ambitious, impressive, and tremendously innovative in its scope and execution, the “Real Life First Person Shooter” project manages to both create an authentic FPS experience and put a tremendous amount of agency in the player’s hands. It plays out a bit like Hardcore, the forthcoming first-person action movie starring Sharlto Copley, but on a smaller scale.
In case you’re curious how they managed to pull off this impressive feat, RealmPictures also posted a behind-the-scenes video of their process:
Here at Nerdist we too have tried our hand at creating a live-action FPS-style experience. Back at San Diego Comic-Con, we sent our best laser tag players into the Battleborn Thunderdome that is Nerdist Laser Tag.
Would you play a livestreamed, interactive FPS? What other games would you like to see done in this way? Let us know in the comments below.
Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of 100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. You can follow him on Twitter (@Osteoferocious).