HBO's Westworld already has potential viewers excited for debauchery of all sorts, but are they willing to see how the sausage is made? The series has a newly-launched alternate reality site where fans can dive behind-the-scenes and discover all sorts of dirty secrets.
HBO currently has a VR experience they're currently testing in San Francisco but for those at home, there's another kind of alternate reality.
– Westworld (@WestworldHBO) September 12, 2016
Take a trip to www.discoverwestworld.com and you'll be welcomed into the friendly atmosphere of Westworld.
Experience the first vacation destination where you can live without limits. Westworld is a meticulously crafted and artfully designed park offering an unparalleled, immersive world where you have the freedom to become who you”ve always wanted to be-or who you never knew you were. Exist free of rules, laws or judgment. No impulse is taboo. Our hosts are here to fulfill your every desire. They look forward to serving you.
As I went to take a screenshot I jumped when a loud noise came out of my computer and the screen started to glitch. I realized later it took just command/shift to make it happen and when you hold it down something very Mr. Robot happens.
As I continued on, I input my email address and received a note from Delos Destinations which informed me I was “currently being considered for a Westworld profile.”
And then I decided to try that “VIOLENTDELIGHTS” code and things got real.
We were clear with these guys. Admissions are up, but families are down. Strategy wants a family based spot. Not some arthouse approach. Besides, Strategy is nervous that the perception of the park is just guns and sex. Big turn-off for newer guests. How about something for kids?
Ok, usual corporate stuff. But diving deeper I noticed employees were apparently using the robots for their own “experimenting.” There were also messages including “How long do we have before those bodies start to rot?” and, my favorite, “we MANUFACTURED a beer bong out of a horse stomach.”
I won't go into much more detail as I'm sure you'll have more fun exploring on your own (and there appear to be a few things still locked) but suffice to say, Westworld has some serious employee issues of neglect, skipping protocol, and other misconduct. They've also got another, bigger problem:
In the past couple weeks, users of online digital message boards have been looking closely at the source code behind Westworld”s digital destinations, particularly DiscoverWestworld.com, looking for details about our operations. Thankfully, those users have gleaned little, but we know they are continually watching. Considering this and the fact that code can get messy, it”s imperative all Westworld staffers take the time to comb through all public-facing code and remove any sensitive materials or links that may be inadvertently embedded within.
Uh oh. And if you were looking to make a trip to Westworld, better know someone on the inside. They're fully booked for the foreseeable future.