Well I just finished playing Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits The James Turrell Retrospective in my browser and I’m thinking, what the hell was that?
Bubsy’s Back! Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective is an web based edutainment experience produced by Arcane Kids. Explore your relationship with art as you guide bubsy through a realistic recreation of the James Turrell Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. After you have played Bubsy3d and understand art a little better, Arcane Kids encourages you to go visit an art museum in your area and quit video games.
Well, sure, great idea, but first a little recap (spoiler alert: the game starts in a strange sky space, where you figure out how to glide, getting yourself over to the front of bizarro Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with Chris Burden’s Urban Light (2008) in front, and shiny rainbow balls and giant frogs. After navigating inside, you walk through a retrospective of pioneering light and space artist James Turrell currently on view in the real LACMA as well. I haven’t visited the actual installation, so I can’t speak to the accuracy, but I’m assuming it must be really close, hopefully with similar cheering museum visitors, and the ability to jump inside art installations you’d normally be forbidden from entering. At the end of the exhibit, you can jump into a coffin inside the art installation St. Elmo’s Breath, which Bubsy says is supposed to be “UNREAL - a spiritual experience.” After entering the coffin (this better be at LACMA FOR REAL! I’m googling it but can’t find it online! :), you slide down into an underworld and go on a coffin luge on level 2, rolling along rooftops and tumbling through the sky. Afterwards, you land in hell, where Bubsy says “What a wild ride. I’m finally an adult” and you walk toward REDEMPTION and past dancing skelotons. (SUPER SPOILER ALERT). You jump toward a heart as a skeleton says “The wheels of capitalism will forever grind our bones into dust.” As you jump towards a heart, it turns into a skull and you fall into a firepit and die. THE END.
4 THUMBS UP. -LT