4Escape from an Abandoned Hospital, Resident Evil Style
There have been numerous official attempts to replicate the experience of the Resident Evil games in real life, most of them inexplicably food-related, like this zombie-themed restaurant or this butcher shop, which serves actual meat designed to look like human body parts. So they've got the "gore" part pretty well covered, but for a re-creation of the "survival horror" aspect of the series you'd have to go to Japan, where you can pay the equivalent of $40 for the privilege of being locked in an abandoned hospital, which you then have to escape. Or try to, anyway.
Or as they like to call it in Japan, "A completely normal hospital."
The event was created by a company called Scrap, which specializes in "real escape games," in collaboration with Resident Evil's creators at Capcom. The building in which you'll willing trap yourself has been "designed to look like the world of Resident Evil," but we're guessing that not a whole lot of work was required to make it look creepy, since it's an actual abandoned hospital in Tokyo where real patients were treated and presumably died (unless they're still roaming the hallways as undead creatures).
Sadly, Japan's health care doesn't cover zombism yet. And quite frankly, that shocks us.
In the game, you and your friends play U.N. investigators who are trapped in a hospital and infected with a virus that is turning them into zombies -- the players must collect clues and items to find a vaccine and escape the hospital before the time runs out. Basically, you have to complete real-world versions of those tedious video game puzzles, except you can't just go online and look up a walkthrough if you get stuck.
And while there aren't giant monsters chasing you like in the video game, bear in mind that the type of people this game tends to attract are likely to supply their own zombie makeup and costumes.
"We used our own blood for authenticity."
According to the game's official website, the success rate for these games is always less than 20 percent of the players involved -- as they point out (according to Google Translate), "It is not a simple kindergarten-style mystery. Please come with panache detective." We're guessing that the people who don't figure out how to escape are left in there and later used as part of the scenery.
3Turn the Real World into a Giant Pac-Man Maze
Some years ago, the government of Singapore proved that its priorities are definitely in the right place when it funded a scientific project that allows people to experience what it's like to be Pac-Man. Cleverly named Human Pac-Man, the game is played in the real world using virtual reality technology that allows you to walk the streets seeing floating, edible white dots.
You can get similar results by inhaling massive amounts of glue.
Basically, by putting on a set of virtual reality goggles, the entire city turns into a huge version of a Pac-Man maze filled with dots you have to eat, special items you have to find and, of course, ghosts you have to stay the fuck away from. The ghosts are actually other goggles-wearing players that can "eat" you by sneaking up on you and tapping you on the shoulder. Meanwhile, any confused onlooker who sees the players chasing each other and acting strangely will probably assume that they're cyborgs from the future.
Or that one of the smaller alien-looking cyborgs has attacked the face of a frighteningly calm human.
So how are the players supposed to find each other in an entire city? What stops Pac-Man from just going into a bar and staying there for the duration of the game? That's where the Internet comes in. Each player is equipped with a GPS tracking device that transmits their location to "Helpers" participating online -- the Helpers can track the players wherever they go and communicate with them through text messages (for example, letting the ghosts know where Pac-Man is headed or helping Pac-Man avoid the ghosts, depending on which side they're on and how much of a dick they are).
Also, like in the classic version, the player controlling Pac-Man can find the power pellet that allows him to turn the tables on the ghosts and eat them. To the players on the street level, the whole thing may look like a massive manhunt, but on the Internet, it's presented in the form of a cutesy 3-D video game, as seen here:
Singapore's military became interested in the project because the technology could be used to give real-time position information to soldiers on the battlefield, plus help them be prepared in the case of a poltergeist attack.