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Quake Delirium: remixing psychedelic video games

Quake Delirium: remixing psychedelic video games

Weinel, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5347-3897 (2011) Quake Delirium: remixing psychedelic video games. Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sonicas, 3 (2). ISSN 2317-9694 (Print), 2317-9694 (Online)

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Quake Delirium is a specially designed software patch which enhances the video game Quake in order to create a uniquely modi ed version, with graphics, audio and game parameters altered towards a more individual aesthetic for each user. The project is part of my wider research regard- ing compositional techniques to elicit altered states of con-sciousness (ASCs). For the purposes of this article, ‘altered states of consciousness’ refers contextually to enhancing audio and graphical parameters of a video game in such a way as to re ect perceptual features of dreamlike, intoxicated or hallucinogenic experiences. The goal is to add a new level of interaction to existing video games and virtual worlds, by facilitating digital hallucinations and simulated temporal shifts of consciousness. The conceived ideal realisation of this project was to construct a ‘Universal Game Remix Device’ that would be suitable for use with many different video games, as a way to ‘remix’ the virtual experiences towards altered consciousness aesthetics. Technical limitations regarding the feasibility of creating a Universal Game Remix Device led to the development of Quake Delirium, a Max/MSP patch which works only with the game Quake while running the Fitzquake modification. Quake Delirium can be considered as a video game ‘hack’ which demon- strates the proof of concept. In the course of this article I shall demonstrate how altered states of consciousness can be portrayed in video games, either in unique cases or across multiple games by creating the hypothesised Universal Game Remix Device. More broadly, through this discussion I hope to stimulate thought on ways in which interactive artworks and video games could be remixed, and how the potential for projects of this kind could be furthered substantially by the development of a new software protocol which allows artists using Max/MSP/Jitter and Pure Data to exchange video game information data and signals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: video game audio, remixing, altered states of consciousness
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Sound-Image Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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