Digital Me

RossDenyer-as-Nikola-Tesla-TheOrder-1886 Two and a half years ago, I sat in a chair for several hours while a wall of cameras photographed me from every possible angle simultaneously. But it wasn’t until 2015 that I finally got to see the digital me.

As it turns out, my facial likeness is being used for a fictional incarnation of real-life inventor Nikola Tesla in an alternate-history, steampunk-esque Victorian London – replete with Tesla coil guns, walkie talkies, amazing muttonchops, and lycans (yeah….werewolves). I’m talking about the E3 wunderkind and upcoming PlayStation 4 title, The Order: 1886, set to release next month.

So how does Tesla factor into the story? Well, from what I can glean from behind-the-scenes videos, he’s kind of like the Victorian equivalent of ‘Q’ from the James Bond series. He supplies the story’s protagonists with all the latest tech, ranging from advanced weaponry to an early form of wireless communication. Find out more about the real and re-imagined versions of the legendary inventor below:

It’s funny, because this is actually the second time I’ve played the father of alternating current. The first occasion was in 2009 with “Potential”, an experimental 10-minute play created through SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, NY. But far removed from a theatre performance, it’s been an interesting experience seeing my face come to life in pixel-form, not knowing when or how it will impact the story. If you ever play the game, I suppose that’s up to you!

3 thoughts on “Digital Me

  1. Dear Ross,

    Thank you so much for your contribution to ‘The Order: 1886’! This title is shaping up to be a true turning point for the interactive medium – I strongly believe it will cause a big shake-up, possibly even more than The Last Of Us did, by essentially smashing the currently held pre-conceptions and expectations of what games are capable of. I’m so excited for this release and seeing your Tesla’s ‘Victorian Q’ for the first time! Again, thank you on behalf of everyone eagerly anticipating this title. Have a great new year!

    Sincerely,

    Albert

    • Hi Albert,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! I’ll be honest, I’m nowhere near as much of a gamer as I used to be and don’t keep up with all the new releases, so it’s very exciting to read and hear about all the buzz this title is generating, and how eagerly fans are anticipating it! I don’t own a PS4, so I might have to enjoy my “interpretation” of Tesla vicariously when The Order finally lands next month. :)

      -Ross

      • Hi Ross! just want to copy-paste what I’ve written to the Ready at Dawn guys – this goes for you too!

        Whoa, Okay, I’ll try to be brief. I have some things to say which I totally understand if you are busy or simply don’t have the time to read. This is to the Ready at Dawn team. Everyone, I have become completely and utterly engrossed and enamoured with this title, and by now you’ve seen that I’m not alone. For what has now come up to being two years, I have steadily grown more and more impressed, and recently I’d even say overwhelmed, by how much passion and dedication and self-belief has been poured by Ready at Dawn into The Order: 1886. I was already extremely excited to witness and experience this next step in the medium’s coming of age come February, but this trailer…it made me want to be a Knight. I was so viscerally and vividly immersed in a world that increasingly feels as though it were drawn directly from the deepest part of my subconscious… The characters, setting and story you have created have honestly just enthralled me even for someone who has googled your title perhaps ten times per day (not in a fanatical way, just checking up on its progress) and even written my own previews and analyses on a near-weekly basis, I was completely floored by this trailer. Yet I also feel like there’s no floor under me at the same time, with how elated it made me! Hehe. In this way – of quite genuinely sparking profound feelings of awe and sheer joy – The Order has absolutely proven itself already to be, quite literally, endlessly inspiring. There is undoubtedly something classic and timeless about the tale that it may as well have always been there, with how natural and ingrained it feels already, like some old book or film My already-soaring level of anticipation has just pierced the stratosphere and exploded. I am amazed to feel myself having that same un-jaded, purely excited feeling which feels increasingly rare as time and life goes on, and I need look no further than and to wholeheartedly thank each one of the hundreds of dedicated creatives at RAD who, somehow, have channeled my (and without a doubt millions of people’s) actual dreams into a painstakingly, beautifully realised interactive experience. I’ll never know just how you managed to fuse everything I’ve ever loved ever (history, mythology, drama, cinematography, argh) into an elegant, mature and enrapturing narrative and world. But I’m certainly going to enjoy experiencing it, and in all likelihood over and over again congratulations and well-earned celebrations to you all! Ru and Andrea, Mr. Graves…thank you so much for this rich, sublimely-wrought universe which we all can’t wait to explore, in this title and beyond Sincerely and gratefully,

        Albert Chessa

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