The Experiences expertly blend reality and fiction in which a fourth, fifth, and sixth wall no longer exist. Thus, characters become real and garner genuine emotions from fans. The aspect of community becomes paramount in this experiences, and an active Alternate Reality portion unravels, leading to multiple events and a full immersive experience at the conclusion.
- The Lust Experience & The Tension Experience
- Los Angeles area
- Group shows with individualized narratives and paths
- Full physical contact & emotionally devastating
- Alternate Reality Game climaxing with an immersive experience
- Heavy focus on human emotion, wants, and needs
- Rewards participation and involvement
- Repeat visits provided vastly different experiences
Although The Tension Experience and The Lust Experience have ended for now, we wouldn’t be surprised if they come back soon with continuations of the story line or new experiences all together.
More on The Experiences
The Experiences consist of The Tension Experience and The Lust Experience, as well as future planned experiences tentatively entitled The Nefarious Experience and The Adrenaline Experience. They all center around the OSDM, an enigmatic organization that has hired Darren Lynn Bousman and Clint Sears to produce immersive entertainment for them–so they can determine audience reactions and collection their information. In doing so, they will have enough intelligence to be able to predict, influence, and ultimately, control world commerce, politics, and beyond. On the surface, the experiences appear to be wonderfully produced immersive experiences, but peer deeper and you may find an incredibly complex, detailed, and audience-driven narrative. Enter at your own risk.
The Lust Experience
The Lust Experience introduces us to Noah Sinclair and “The System.” Are you ugly? Weak? Powerless? Poor? The System is designed to give you what you desire and Noah Sinclair is here to help. Sign up on his page for his seminars and learn his one hundred step proven program today! And if you want to discuss your successes with others, a series of forums have been opened. The people behind them want to hear your every emotion and reaction–and they promise not to use it as data. Post in categories, such as Conjecture, Just Friends, Relationships, Sightings, and Speculation.
A second group was introduced: iConfidant is an invite only, exclusive membership that aims to help people with the single most important thing in the world: Finding your own Confidant. A confidant, a best friend, a companion, these are people in which you can share any secret with and trust them not to repeat it to others. We all need someone like this in our life. At a success rate of 99.7% iConfidant is working nonstop to make this a happier and more united world. Sign up today.
Darren Lynn Bousman, director of this project, says “Don’t let the name fool you. This will be soul-crushing. It also can be about destroying your heart, as well. This is all about making you feel, and at the end of the day all of these theatrics, and smoke and mirrors, are about one thing: eliciting a reaction. To actually connect with the audience. That’s what it’s always been about; connecting with somebody.” -Taken from Bryan Bishop’s article on The Verge.
The Tension Experience
We invite you to enter the doors of the O.O.A. Institute, a mysterious organization that promises enlightenment, but at what cost? Nothing is quite what it seems and something sinister lurks behind every welcoming smile… Participants lucky enough to be permitted inside will discover fervent disciples, tasks that probe and chronicle the darkest recesses of their mind and, sometimes, unexplainable terror. Individual decisions will unravel whether this is a true path to enlightenment or merely an elaborate trap set by a dangerous cult. Ascension is more than immersive theater, more than a haunted house and more than anything you could possibly imagine. It is a journey into darkness with the possibility of being reborn in the light.
During the ARG aspect of The Tension Experience, participants solved riddles on the Tension website, met characters during sinister, in-person “consultations,” and answered hundreds of incredibly invasive questions as part of the experience, and over time the larger narrative began to take shape. The storyline built to a trip to the OOA Institute itself in Ascension. Park in downtown LA, place a bag over your head, and be driven in secret to the actual location. In the institute, you will meet a large cast of characters who will process you, test you, and if you succeed, you might find ascension. However, visit a second time, and the world is a very different place. Characters you met on your first visit will introduce themselves as actors and show you a glimpse behind the curtain. You will slowly uncover that the entire OOA is false–a setup for a much darker organization named the ODSM. They planned this entire enterprise to gather your reactions, your emotions to these “tense” situations. After a bloody finale, only two characters survived: actress Sabrina Kern and ODSM radical Michelle… the rest lay dead within the compound. Now the OSDM proudly presents The Lust Experience for your consumption. Will you provide your emotions to them a second time?
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