GOLIATH: PLAYING WITH REALITY is an interactive VR story that explores the experience of schizophrenia & psychosis through the story of a Twitch Streamer named GoliathGames. It’s a really strong piece of immersive storytelling balancing interactivity of gaming metaphors that serves the story, great pacing, and brilliant onboarding and offboarding as voiced by Tilda Swinton.
I had a chance to talk with Barry Murphy, Director at Anagram, and May Abdalla, Co-founder at Anagram remotely while they were at the Venice VR Expanded. We unpack the art and experiential design direction, their background research for how to best represent psychosis, and the evolution of the piece since it’s Tribeca World Premiere.
GOLIATH launches on Oculus for free on Thursday, September 9th, and is currently in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
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