Ever wanted to indulge in the feeling of being buried alive? Yeah, nope. NOPE. But that's precisely what Tabhopos is: it's an Oculus Rift game that simulates being in a coffin, that is actually played in a coffin.
Just to reaffirm: that's a big fat nope.
The timing couldn't be more awkward. Today I'm flying down to Melbourne to help the winner of our Bloodborne competition 'Face His Fear'. Meaning that I will watch a man, for all intents and purposes, be buried alive. I didn't mention this when we started the competition, but being buried alive is also a personal fear of mine, as I suffer from pretty bad claustrophobia. It actually freaks me out to wear a full-face helmet. That's how bad it is.
Anyway — point being — there's a pretty good chance I'll also be getting inside an actual coffin today.
Tabhobos looks like the real deal. It was the result of a two-day hackathon at Nottingham and Lincoln Universities and it's designed deliberately as an 'uncomfortable' game. RPS has a really cool hands-on preview of the game here. Apparently writer Phillipa Warr could easily have fallen asleep in there. I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of the experience I would have. She found the coffin "roomy".
Apparently this game, and player response to the game, is making up the research for co-creator James Brown's Master's thesis, so I'm guessing a wide-spectrum of reaction is part of that research.
I'd last two seconds in there.