Bad News

An award-winning experience combining procedural generation, deep simulation, and live improvisation.

By Expressive Intelligence Studio

Come Out & Play SF Festival 2016
Night Games



Presented by Come Out & Play SF with the support of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Set in the summer of 1979, a resident in a procedurally generated American small town has died alone at home, and the player is tasked with tracking down and notifying the next of kin. To do this, she navigates the simulated town to interact with its residents, who are each played live by a professional actor with extensive improvisational experience. Bad News seeks to showcase the humor, drama, and tragedy of everyday life.

About the Artist

The Expressive Intelligence Studio at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is dedicated to exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence, art, and design. Our goal is to create compelling new forms of interactive art and entertainment that provide deeply autonomous, generative, and dynamic responses to interaction.

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