dearJulius.com Write For Us

The strangest Jurassic World game is played with your voice

SHARE:

© Universal Pictures

By Ben Kuchera, Polygon

Jurassic World Revealed is a premium audio experience for Alexa-enabled devices, and there’s no way to say all those things without it sounding corporate and robotic. It’s premium in that you have to pay to play the whole thing (it’s $3.99 now, and goes up to $4.99 on June 29), it’s an audio experience because it seems strange to just call it a game and it runs on any device that can install Alexa.

All of that is awkward to explain, and shows just how early we are in the days of for-pay, branded content on these services and devices.

The stage is set through the lead character introducing herself, and of course you, before explaining what’s going on. You’re following a podcaster named Janet Best who is traveling to Isla Nublar to get the story of what’s going on with the dinosaurs on the island, and you’re there to back her up. Best makes a series of bad decisions, because you have to at this point for their to be a story near dinosaurs who have a long history of eating people. It’s up to you help her make decisions about how to survive by speaking the commands into your device.

The experience of playing feels like someone clamped a Telltale-style adventure game onto a radio play, complete with moments in the action where characters will ask you what they should do, almost always after giving you an explicit list of choices. You have to be careful about playing the game in the way the prompts ask you to play, as my vocal command of “don’t pay him the money” was interpreted to mean the opposite. Things got a bit easier when I learned to pay better attention to the vocal cues.

“One of our guidelines is, for example, you can’t have any rhyming syllables in the array of options in our possibility space,” Jon Myers, the CEO of Earplay, the company behind the experience, explained. “We’re going to funnel people into only having a few sets of options, if they sound too similar, there could be mistakes on the Alexa side in the interpretation of what was said.”

It was pretty easy to learn to relax and enjoy the story, and the audio had enough roars and screams to at least sound like Jurassic Park. I even had a note about the quality of the sound design and production before I realized how much money a release like this saves due to not being forced to ever show the dinosaurs. A few good sound effects over the headphones, and I believed what was going on. The special effects were exclusively in my head, outside of the sounds of what was going on. It’s pretty neat, despite how strange it can seem to say random words into your phone every now and again if you’re playing near other people and you’re wearing headphones.

And creating this sort of release sounds like quite the process.

“We start with some high-level pitching, and go for a script and a design that happen kind of simultaneously,” Dave Grossman, chief creative officer of Earplay, told Polygon. He previously work at Telltale and Lucasarts, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to telling a story. “The two are so intertwined you can’t really do them separately. We try to break down the story beat by beat in terms of what’s going to happen and what the player gets to do, and then there’s a frenzied period of writing when we do all the dialog and the sounds and stuff like that. Then we go into production where we bring in sound designers and hire actors and do lots and lots of voice recording and create a whole heck of a lot of sound files.”

There’s also the creation of what amounts to a vocal UI that should seem as invisible as possible when players are enjoying the story. The team has to think about how words are pronounced and how to explain things and write prompts that won’t be easy for the hardware or the player to misunderstand.

“There’s a certain amount of voodoo to that process,” Grossman said. “It’s good to start it early and test it thoroughly before you get very far.”

Playing Jurassic World Revealed felt like a throwback, despite all the technology that goes into making it work. It reminded me of listening to the classic War of the Worlds radio play with my grandpa, mixed with a Choose Your Own Adventure book you speak to. It’s a fun idea, especially with a good set of headphones or very tolerant roommates.

COMMENTS



Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

Name

AI,3,Amazon,1,Apple,5,Emoji,1,Facebook,17,Games,35,Google,7,Instagram,6,Science,205,Security,4,Social Media,24,Tech,242,Technology,1080,Tesla,5,Twitter,4,
ltr
item
Technology - U.S. Daily News: The strangest Jurassic World game is played with your voice
The strangest Jurassic World game is played with your voice
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fLe_rbAwrnM/WzHe41elTQI/AAAAAAAASXs/7dEjqnMIZYMWKMoy6qYNDzp13LD089g7gCLcBGAs/s1600/1.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fLe_rbAwrnM/WzHe41elTQI/AAAAAAAASXs/7dEjqnMIZYMWKMoy6qYNDzp13LD089g7gCLcBGAs/s72-c/1.jpg
Technology - U.S. Daily News
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/2018/06/the-strangest-jurassic-world-game-is.html
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/2018/06/the-strangest-jurassic-world-game-is.html
true
4191228214535516123
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy