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!