Perplex is the right word

7 09 2008

A few years ago I downloaded a mix off an amateur dj forum I used to frequent. It consisted solely of tracks by someone called Viard who released all the tracks via a CD in a game known as Perplexcity. This game isn’t conventional. As the website explains;

” Begin an incredible, immersive adventure that spills out into the real world. Interrogate suspects over the phone, search police files for evidence, decipher coded emails and check newspapers for clues – working with tens of thousands of players around the world.”

Viard, as appears to be, is an outlawed artist within this game, who has been outlawed from Perplexcity bec ause his music is sending people mad, as the music apparently contains lots of hidden messages and cyphers. I can’t spot any, but the music is deliciously trippy and atmospheric. Perplexcity claims Viard is a big name Techno producer, I can’t imagine so…. who is Viard?

The game itself sounds like a large scale version of the film The Game, and doesn’t sound ideal for paranoid schizofrenics, but would make the ideal setting for a sci-fi short story.




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