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April 24, 2020 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Half-Life 1, in VR, except it's absurdist improv comedy. Act I, part 1 in a continuing series.
posted by cortex (15 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
I drink soda for lunch.
posted by Fizz at 9:49 AM on April 24 [3 favorites]


But do you have your passport??? Sings: AAAAaaaaaa
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 10:59 AM on April 24


I love it, but -- how does this exist, exactly?
posted by Spathe Cadet at 11:00 AM on April 24


thats what happens when you don't have your passport Gordon

.. also did the guard not sound like H Jon Benjamin's voice to anyone else?
posted by some loser at 11:01 AM on April 24


I love it, but -- how does this exist, exactly?

I have no idea the details, but I'm assuming some weird stew of VR support for the Half-Life engine and Garry's Mod-style manipulation tools, in the hands of four or five goofballs spawning stuff/characters as needed; live improv on a stream cut down and subtitled afterward.
posted by cortex at 11:03 AM on April 24 [4 favorites]


Very similar to the (ongoing after well over a decade! Up to Half Life 2 now!) Freemen's Mind series, but the addition of more than one performer adds a lot.
posted by fomhar at 11:16 AM on April 24


My favorite so far is Tommy, who seems to have a rich interior life. He likes to read the billboards in the breakroom and he drinks soda for lunch.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:25 AM on April 24 [2 favorites]


The scientist voices are amazing. So similar to the originals it's spooky.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:30 AM on April 24 [1 favorite]



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posted by Fizz at 12:28 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


This was way more entertaining than I anticipated.
posted by glonous keming at 12:47 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


The team's commentary/behind the scenes track can be found HERE.
posted by BigBrooklyn at 1:05 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


"TELL ME WHAT IT SAYS"

"I can't read it either."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:18 PM on April 24




So lemme get this straight, cause I'm tired and am seeing this out of context—the NPC's are straight-up AI? Or is this an improv comedy group?

If the former, I was laughing out loud, cause I am always fascinated by how AI's try to interpret the world.

Whereas if this were improv, it would be the most random dreamlike non-sequitur troupe. Not funny, more like performance art. But why is it that watching this as if all the NPC's are AI, it's hilarious. Why?

AI's aren't good at comedy... at least not intentionally. Someday an AI will write the world's funniest joke by accident.
posted by not_on_display at 1:14 AM on April 25 [2 favorites]


The scientists in these videos all seem very Concerned.
posted by polytope subirb enby-of-piano-dice at 1:50 AM on April 25 [1 favorite]


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