September 7, 2021
The inimitable director, writer, producer, and innovative creator Bernie Su stopped by to promote Artificial Season 4 - Artificial: Factions - which sees the audience steer two motion capture created virtual AI's, ultimately splitting the viewers down the middle and forcing fans to pick a side.
Bernie walks us through the ways each prior season stepped up the interactivity, and he helps talk us through all the ways he's managed to outdo himself in the newest installments of the series. He talks about how LifeScore will continue to be used to make the music interactive and reactive to the tone the audience sets in the chat.
We also learn that Artificial: Factions will see the return of characters played by Dante Basco, Stephen A. Chang, Jennifer Field, and more, as well as the chances of encountering others from past seasons. Bernie broke down the new currency method which will allow twitch streamers to team up and combine the points they gain from viewing the show to influence how their faction's AI will function and respond, even going so far as to providing upgrades such as "fire hands".
Obviously, we dug in to find out how extensive the motion capture is and how the businessmen played by Basco and Chang will face off in the new episodes. We learned about the virtual AI and what the intent is behind each of them and how they are represented as well as how they represent different members of the viewing audience.
This is an extremely insightful chat, and the third time I've been lucky enough to feature Bernie as a guest. The pilot episode of Literary Joe's Inner Child Podcast featured Bernie as the very first guest on the show, way back when we were restricted to garbage audio quality and no video to include. We managed to snag Bernie again later on in 2020 to discuss the trial of Matt Lin as Season 3 came to a close. And now, more than a year after our first chat, you can finally see Bernie interact (pun intended) with me as we have a wonderful time delivering you the news and updates for Artificial Season 4 - Factions.
We're both pretty rad all around, so I have no doubt you guys will enjoy this. Once you realize how cool Bernie is, be sure to tune into Artificial: Factions on Twitch every Thursday at 5pm PST, starting this week on September 9th.
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