There is an exciting new entertainment and life-changing paradigm called “Immersive Design.” As explained to us by transmedia expert (media across different platforms), Noah Nelson, the term “immersive design” or “immersive experiences” are contexts in which you engage with, and become a part of, a certain environment or situation—one which may even leave you transformed psychologically (you have a new perspective and emotional reaction) in life.
At a basic level of immersive experiences, think Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. When you go to these beloved amusement parks, you enter a new world—both physically and psychologically. You become a part of that world, and your feelings are also affected. You may feel younger, lighter, and more spontaneous as you recapture some of the naturalness and fun-loving nature of a child.
For adults, new entertainment and educational experiences are now available through immersive design. In your own community, you may discover:
Virtual Reality: When you are in an artificial environment that is created with software and presented in such a way that you suspend belief and accept it as a real environment (it feels real). Your actions partly control what happens and you become immersed in the environment. On a computer,virtual reality is primarily experienced through two of the five senses: sight and sound. Applications include games, sports, therapy, medicine, and business.
Escape Rooms: When you are in a room in which you need to solve a mystery or puzzle to escape and have a time limit to find the key to get out. In one scary and exciting variation, you are in the “Basement” and are trapped with a serial killer; you have to escape. In another, “Dog Room,” You are a dog and there are giant dog bowls and other dog things everywhere.
*Immersive Theatre: These experiences can be group or one-on-one in which you go beyond merely listening to a story and actually engage with the actors as you become part of the story. An interesting and funny one is called “Red Flag” in which you are on a “the worst date” possible with an actor who plays the role of your date. You show up to a pre-selected venue (bar or restaurant) and meet the “date.” It’s a ticketed show (you pay a price) and is scripted, but the actor is so skilled that whatever you say, they turn it back to the script and make it into “the bad day they’re having.” Funny and sometimes disturbing, this interesting experience can enlighten and educate you, according to Noah Nelson, immerse experience expert.
We’re moving from a society that has simply absorbed entertainment and information to one that, through immersive technology, is engaging with environments and situations in a very personal and intimate way. Using this new technology, we are able to broaden our perspectives, learn more about ourselves and others, and connect with others at a deeper level.
Listen to our upcoming show, Love University, WED 8/1/19 at noon (put link here) to hear more on IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES: THE NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE LIFE TO ITS ABSOLUTE FULLEST, WITH SPECIAL GUEST, JOURNALIST AND TRANSMEDIA EXPERT, NOAH NELSON.