Money video conference as a nightmare scenario: Interactive story turns Zoom-Call into a horror trip

19:25  28 october  2020
19:25  28 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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The interactive website "Take this Lollipop" transforms a video conference into a horror scenario - and is therefore perfect scary fun for the corona pandemic.

Horrorgeschichte als Videokonferenz. © takethislollipop.com / t3n Horror story as a video conference.

From Tippi Hedren's shopping tour at the beginning of Hitchcock's “The Birds” to the good-humored excursion trips at the beginning of countless slasher films: horror stories generally arise from the familiar and everyday before they turn into shocking. The interactive website Take this Lollipop also uses this structure. But instead of a busy street or rustic Airbnb accommodation, the action takes place where we meet every day during the pandemic: in a video conference.

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To take part in the interactive story, you have to activate your webcam and enter your first name. Then you see the familiar tile view of common video conferencing services. In addition to your own video, there are three other “participants”. These are recordings of actors that are used to tell the horror story.

Since the whole thing only takes a few minutes, we don't want to reveal too much to you at this point. Just this much: Those who usually avoid scary stories will probably not appreciate Take this Lollipop either. However, you don't have to fear excesses of violence. You don't have to worry about the costs either: the interactive story is free. If you want, you can purchase a recording of the action with yourself as a participant for a small amount.

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Take this Lollipop: Earlier version was about Facebook

The Take this Lollipop website is actually not new. An interactive story went online at the address back in 2011. It wasn't about a video conference, but about a dangerous Facebook stalker. Visitors had to log in with their Facebook account. As a result, data from the profile was woven into the stalker story, whereby director and writer Jason Zada ​​showed the dangers of social media in an interesting way.

However, the original story had to be taken offline in 2018 because Facebook no longer wanted to give out the necessary data quite so freely after the Cambridge Analytica scandal . At least the space was free for the new webcam story, which ultimately fits perfectly into the Corona time, which is characterized by home work and video conferences.

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