The quick and dirty //
What is this thing?
Help Americans! (HA!) is an experimental virtual escape room conceived by visual artist Daniel Benoit. This project is a collaboration between The Embassy and The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Motion + Media Across Disciplines (MMAD) Lab, currently in development alongside a group of interdisciplinary artists in Duluth, Minnesota.
What are your trying to achieve?
HA! Has two primary objectives (of equal importance). The first is to experiment and play with the emerging practice of creating live virtual experiences that combine a human performer and a virtual audience; using the “virtual escape room” concept as a jumping off point. The second is to create a process and business model that prioritizes the mental health and financial stability of participating creators.
Is it, like, something I can play?
HA! is currently moving through a rapid prototyping phase. Participation is currently limited to a core group of developers. The team hopes to open up collaboration and public test plays in February 2021. If you would like to join the upcoming beta testing program, or are interested in participating in further development, please reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org