The Magnetic Field’s latest track was a delightful return to form, but that doesn’t mean Stephin Merritt has abandoned his inclination to do weird shit. So, behold; Space Cruiser, an interactive, live video game based around Merritt. The Observer explains:
The one-night-only debut of Space Cruiser, next Thursday’s game-cum-concert in question, is described as a “cooperative mission-based game centered around navigating around a fictional universe” that’s designed for up to 200 participants, who together will control a spacecraft, which the planetarium has been re-imagined as.
Huh. DIY gaming collective Babycastles is co-hosting the event at NYC’s Natural History Museum, so their co-founder Syed Salahuddin wrote The Observer to explain further, cuz I’m not sure any amount of explanation is too much for this thing. Syed:
A multi-player control deck at the center of the theater will offer a small crew the chance to navigate the spacecraft together, piloting through treacherous asteroid belts. The crew is an unassigned, free-form team that works together to pilot the spaceship, with various parts of the ship spread out over the theater while being guided by a on-board computer system that is voiced by Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields.
(via The Observer)