OTHERWORLD is more than just a game; it’s an adventure, a way of life, a glimpse into an all-too-possible near future. Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have created a world you’ll fall completely into and this got the Rock The Boat team thinking… What other worlds would we want to escape to for an hour or two (with the caveat that we’d be allowed to leave at the end, of course)?
Here we pick the films we feel inspired to watch (or rewatch) and disappear into, either in preparation for the experience of reading OTHERWORLD (or in fact after reaching the end, and needing some further escape from our everyday reality)…
Kirsten Miller (author)
Ready Player One: Virtual reality brought to the big screen by Steven Spielberg? Count me in. I loved the book, and can’t wait to see what Spielberg does with Wade’s trailer park.
Jason Segel (author)
Time to rewatch The Matrix. You may be too young to remember when The Matrix first came out in theaters but take it from me, The Matrix changed everything. The ultimate dystopian virtual reality tale.
Shadi (Commissioning Editor)
OTHERWORLD really reminded me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and I’d love to pull an all-nighter and watch the trilogy in one sitting! Just like the ring, the realms test the gamers’ lower selves and basic instincts – namely power, greed and wrath! I found it so interesting that Simon and his gang need to overcome these desires in order to beat the game, rescue their friends and, ultimately, survive – much like Frodo Baggins and his unlikely crew of heroes.
Harriet (Senior Editor)
After watching Inception I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The 2010 science fiction film features Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious. The idea of people acting consciously in a dream world struck me as both fascinating and horrifying. I had exactly the same feeling when reading OTHERWORLD, of reality bending and distorting in a terrifying way. In OTHERWORLD, gamers are provided with a chance to play out fantasy lives in a new realm. In a world with no consequences, what would you do?
Kate (Senior Publicist)
I will never forget going to see The Matrix when it was first released, so have to pick that. It was a real game-changer. To imagine what could happen when the worlds of real and virtual reality collide seemed so far away then. Reading OTHERWORLD it was amazing (not to mention a bit worrying) to reflect on how rapidly technology has developed in such a short space of time. Thankfully we have not got to the stage where we are leaping in and out of different realms and getting stuck in virtual worlds, though I fear it might be closer than we think.
Mark (Marketing Guru)
Personally I am inspired to watch the original 1972 version of Solaris, a Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, based on the novel by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. It’s such a strange movie and the first art house/sci fi movie I had ever seen, and created such a strange and bizarre image of life in space.
Nina (YA Publicist)
I am inspired to watch the new Ready Player One film after reading OTHERWORLD. The idea of an imminent future where the sentiency of AI has reached outwards and far beyond the scope of what we see today – and that has changed our world almost beyond recognition – feels like a timely thing to be reminded of right now. (Have you seen the news that AI robots began talking to each other in a new language they made up themselves?!)