Please Stand By
Exhibit
About
Please Stand By tells an interactive story using a 1951 Capehart television, a device that was at the forefront of a revolution in communication and making the world a smaller place. When TVs first debuted, they were incredibly fiddly instruments, and getting a good picture was almost as much an art as a science. Please Stand By is an experiment in replicating the subtleties and effects of analogue television, allowing viewers complete control over the virtual signal and its odd behaviors by adjusting antennas, turning knobs, and even striking the TV itself. Across the snowy channels is a landscape of old transmissions and interactive scenes as dreamlike representations of the decades they portray.

Access to widespread information doesn't necessarily translate to quality, and finding out the truth of the story told in Please Stand By isn't as simple as tuning in and sitting back in your easy chair. As you sift through the airwaves and clear the conflicting signals, what will you believe?

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Jerry Belich & Victor Thompson
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Jerry Belich, creator of the award-winning Choosatron, is an alternative game designer, using hardware, electronics, and software to create immersive interactive and storytelling experiences. He went independent in 2013 following a decade of professional software development, and in the summer of 2016, after touring the world exhibiting his work, giving talks, and putting on workshops, he joined Miami University as a professor in game design. He hopes to use his experience in game design, narrative writing, and installation work to inspire a new generation in the field.

Victor Thompson is a software developer and game maker. He held full-time programming jobs for twelve years, then in 2012 started working freelance and making games independently.