I’m sort of in disbelief something like this even exists, but yeah, there’s apparently a Betty and Barney Hill virtual reality thingy (I don’t think it’s a game really) coming out here soon. Quite amazing how the human narrative spins. God only knows what happened to those 2 all those years back in their missing time, but soon you’ll be able to ruminate on it in VR. Cray cray. (from Endgadget):
“On the night of September 19th, 1961, Barney and Betty Hill were the victims of the first widely publicized alien abduction in US history. The Hills, an interracial couple active in the civil-rights movement, were on their way home from a trip to Niagara Falls when they noticed an unusual light in the sky. Shaken by the erratic behavior of the UFO, they headed in the direction of the closest town but never made it.
Somewhere along the way, they turned off the road, where they encountered a fiery orb, but they couldn’t quite recall what happened next. For months after, they were stalked by an unnerving feeling, but it wasn’t until they underwent hypnosis that the two recovered the detailed and disparate memories of their abduction.
The Zeta Reticuli incident, as it came to be known, is the subject of books, TV shows, federal investigations, conspiracy theories and cable-TV specials. There are seemingly countless ways to consume the Hills’ abduction. Now Laura Wexler wants you to experience it. Wexler, a writer and producer whose works include a book about the last mass lynching in the United States, came across the Hills’ abduction while researching another project with her writing partner, Charlotte Stoudt, whose writing and producing credits include House of Cards and Homeland. The two were immediately drawn to the story not only for its supernatural appeal but also because of the real-world parallels with racial tensions in the United States today.
“These were two people taken from the same car, as they reported, and had really different experiences,” Wexler said. “One, a white woman; one, a black man — and to me, that was an opportunity to explore a racial dynamic. Not just a UFO story, though UFO stories are great, but to explore to what degree race and race in America, in particular, affected the experiences they reported as these UFO abductees.”
Wexler says the story was the perfect fit for virtual reality, which has been repeatedly referred to as the empathy machine for its ability to put the user in another’s shoes. In its current form, Dinner Party is a two-part VR experience. In the opening scene, the audience is transported to the Hills’ home. The couple entertains guests and prepares the dining room table for dinner until Betty interrupts the festivities with a surprise. She’s decided to play the couple’s hypnosis tapes for the first time. From there, the viewer is transported to the car on the night of the abduction and experiences the alien encounter as the Hills recalled it.
The Hills’ story is the first experience in a series called The Incident, which Wexler and Stoudt hope will become the Twilight Zone of the VR era.”
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