Free Real Estate

VR Game / Performance

Free Real Estate is a VR game/performance and hyperbolized simulation of the history of human development over the course of 6 minutes. The player is able to generate familiar objects in the environment around them as they go through three 2-minute "stages". The objects the player can generate change with each stage, reflecting later stages of human development and further advancements in technology.​

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We wanted the environment to change and reflect the increase in human activity by fading from a lush green to a desolate brown over the course of the simulation. Similarly, the atmosphere also gradually becomes thick with smog.

I codeveloped Free Real Estate with Kai Watanabe in Unity. All the models used were pulled from the Unity Asset Store and not our original models.

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The experience results in the player becoming submerged in an overdeveloped and claustrophobic world of their own creation, a commentary on the history of unchecked growth and development throughout humanity, particularly since the Industrial Revolution.​​

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