The 1 Up Fever – Mockumentary über ein AR Jump ’n‘ Run mit Bitcoins in Berlin


Vimeo: The 1 Up Fever from Skeuomorph Production unter CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 (via Netzpolitik)

Unterhaltsamer Kurzfilm über ein fiktives Augmented Reality Game in Berlin, bei dem Menschen im Stil von Super Mario Bros in der Stadt verteilte Bitcoins per Smartphone einsammeln. Gedreht wurde u.a. auf der re:publica und ich kann mich noch erinnern, dass ich mich beim Rumlatschen auf dem Hof gewundert habe, wovon der Typ ab Minute 6:05 so aufgeregt erzählt.

In the Berlin city everyone is going crazy for a viral new app. Anyone with a smartphone can play a sort of Super Mario Bros arcade game in Augmented Reality. In the game a coin corresponds to 0.01 Bitcoins. Citizens‘ habits are tainted by the game. Coins are hidden all over the city, you can spot them just scanning around with your device, not always they are easy to grab. People started to leave their jobs in order to collect Coins in the streets. All over the city people are jumping and running around with their smartphones, trying to grab as many virtual coins as they can…
The shooting itself is been a game in the game: all the interviewees were asked to imagine the city as the app release happened for real and to answer thereby, sometimes they were even asked to play with it. Part of the work was dedicated to the Bitcoinkiez, a small Berlin district where local owners started to sell their products in Bitcoins through the Bitcoin Wallet App, which would be the „real“ app to whom the Super Mario app is corresponding.

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