Alan Kwan, who recently graduated from the City University School of Creative Media in Hong Kong, has created a video game called Bad Trip that's set in his own chilling dreamscape and filled with images from his own life and memories. These images come from a tiny camera which has been attached to Kwan's glasses since November 2011.
Inside the game, the player uses a controller to explore a dark, hilly range complete with ominous sound mixed by Kwan. Sometimes you bump into colorful cubes (otherwise the game is all black and white) which release memories earlier recorded from the creator's glasses-camera. Every day, Kwan records new memories and every night he expands his virtual world to make space for them.
Kwan explained the logic behing he game's layout in an interview with GameScenes.org:
In the demo video you may notice the flying houses in which players would have no possible way to reach, and in fact they are the ones that store my secret memories. Although not being able to see them, players could actually climb up the mountains, and listen to the little echo sound of my secret memories when the houses fly over. The house that stores my childhood memories is also particularly difficult to reach. Players would have to walk up the surreal long spiral stairs, and to my experience, they normally have to retry multiple times in order to successfully reach the house.
While "Bad Trip" may be a never-ending project in creepiness, Kwan is already working on a sequel in which players can incorporate their own memories and secrets into the virtual landscape. In the nightmarish multi-player video game players could meet up at a Memory Market to trade memories with each other.