Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Drowning simulator uses terror to promote life jackets

The film that plays when you visit interactive life jacket awareness website Sortie En Mer begins optimistically. You watch from the first-person perspective of a man sailing on a calm, blue ocean. Your friend, coming up from below deck, notes the beautiful weather. You ask him to take the wheel, and steps to the front of the boat to adjust the sails. It's there that the story takes a darker turn: you're knocked into the sea by a swinging boom, and left to flounder as your friend tries, and fails, to bring the boat around.
Sortie En Mer's forced perspective makes for a harrowing experience as you try to prolong the time before your character drowns. Scrolling up keeps your head above the water, but with your friend disappearing into the...
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