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5 Bizarre Video Game Experiments

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Domestic Tension

Born in Iraq, the artist Wafaa Bilal experienced firsthand the horrors of the civil war in the Middle East.

He lived in a refugee camp during the rule of Saddam Hussein and lost members of his family in the conflict.

In 1992, he moved to the United States of America, but the psychological harm inflicted on him by the conflicts in his home country lingered.

In order to raise awareness to the innocent blood being spilled in the Middle East, he created an experimental game called Domestic Tension.

The experience started in May, 2007 and took place at FlatFile Galleries in Chicago, where he confined himself in a room for 30 days, under the watch of a paintball gun.

The weapon was connected to the internet and players who registered on the website of the game took turns to control the gun and shoot Wafaa with paintballs at almost point blank range.

The aim was to represent the fragility of the lives of innocent people caught in the crossfire of the conflicts in the Middle East, as at any moment, a bullet from a gunfight occurring nearby could enter a home and kill an innocent person. The idea of the experiment was to use this game to represent this reality to those who were oblivious to it.

According to Mary Flanagan in her book Critical Play: Radical Game Design:

"During the month-long exhibition, the site received eighty million hits, and sixty thousand paintballs were shot."

This list has shown you experiments with a dark tone, but unlike the previous experiences in this article, the next one has a kindhearted feel.

Published Jan. 8th 2017

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