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Game Transfer Phenomena in BBC’s Digital Human

Is technology haunting us? Or we are haunting it? Aleks Krotoski wonders.

Traditional definitions of what is alive seem limited! Toys dance, cry, smile; advanced technologies are “smart”, and trick us making us feel they are present and even alive. Traces from virtual immersion appear and people see and hear things that are not actually there.

Join my conversation with Joe Brown, Science’s Editor in Chief and Executive Editor of Wired, Leigh Haggerwood, expert on horror sound design, Tobias Revell, artist and designer who explores failed utopias and unexplained phenomena and professor Jeffrey Sconce, media and film cultural historian. -With the bonus of the participation of gamers telling us about their Game Transfer Phenomena experiences.

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We try to unveil the mysteries of how technology make inanimate things come alive and how sometimes our relation with technology trigger our deepest fears and anxieties, in BBC Radio 4’s Digital Human episode: “Haunted” with a spooky tone for Halloween!

Follow this link to listening the broadcast.

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Game Transfer Phenomena featured on BBC TV

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Check out gamers GTP and my interview in TV news BBC East Midlands Today.
Approx. at 3:46.

The video is only available in UK and until 10.45 PM tonight.

My GTP baby is growing little by little. Thanks to all that have believed in me and supported my research during these five exciting and challenging years.

Here is a transcript of what the gamers who were interviewed in the programme said:

First player: “A game a used to play a lot, Zelda, it’s like a world you going to. I will be playing it for 60 odd hours no in a row. Then there is a lot of it where you have to slice bushes and I will see bushes and think, oh God, what this is doing to me?”

Second player: “It depends which game you play, I suppose. Playing more realistic games comic games which are designed to be more realistic, it might be more difficult to switch off.”

Third player: “I think I tend to keep in the real world and turn the console off.

Fourth player: “Video game really affect you and you can get emotionally attached to it and really go into the world if it’s good enough.”

Fifth player: “I never think, I never see a crossover personally. When I used to play the Sims that was like a real life simulations. You are of sort of micromanaging families. When I was in real life, soletimes, I would see some of the itels. I would feel like I was right back there.”

BBC 5 live – Auditory hallucinations

Listen to our discussion about auditory GTP experiences. It starts around the 17th minute. Click here to listen.

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BBC radio interview – When game sounds get stuck

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Listen to BBC radio’s  interview with me about the auditory study.

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