This Spartan Life LIVE at PICNIC 2009

This Spartan Life, a talk show inside the game space Halo, was invited to be part of the PICNIC Festival 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We interviewed video game expert Dr. Gerri Sinclair, with an appearance by Peter Molyneux, creative director of Microsoft Game Studios Europe. It’s a mixed reality experience, so the audience saw the show live within the Halo game, as well as in the physical space at PICNIC. The interview happened while the game was being played, so the talk show host and guests were “under fire” – dodging virtual bullets and plasma rifle-wielding aliens, while chatting about talk show topics and being projected on the screen before the audience. Described by Wired Magazine as “a mash-up of The Charlie Rose Show and Doom,” This Spartan Life combines high-brow interviews with non-stop fragging, hilarious asides and slapstick comedy.

Blog posts:
Prepping for This Spartan Life – LIVE @ PICNIC09

Best.Conference.Idea.EVER: hammock-like beds overlooking the lounge area, for quick disco naps in btwn events. WIN.

Cameo appearance in This Spartan Life by legendary game designer Peter Molyneux, at Picnic Festival

(interview starts at 7-minute mark)

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23 September 2009
PICNIC Festival
At the Transformatorhuis, Westergasfabriek
Amsterdam, Netherlands