Have you ever wanted to star in your own video game? If you visit Epcot and you’re willing to run, jump, and dance on camera for a few moments of motion capture, then you can make your video game dreams a reality.
Sponsored by IBM, the Runtime game inside Innoventions West in Epcot’s Future World will capture footage of you running, jumping, and dancing. It then processes that footage and inserts in into an old-fashioned side-scroller game. (Ever played the old school versions of Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog? Like that.)
In the motion capture area, you will stand on an arrow on the floor, facing the the screen. The motion capture camera is to your right at this point, so any members of your party who are with you but not participating in the capture will need to be careful not to block it as they are watching you. All you need to do at this point is follow the instructions on the screen. You will run in place, jump, and then do a victory dance. You are also given a second chance at the motion captures if you didn’t like the results of your first attempts.
Like several other games you can play in a Walt Disney World park, you are given an opportunity to enter your email address. If you do so, you will receive a link via email to play your game again after you get home. After you’ve done that, you simply wait for your player to be uploaded to a game console, and then you can play your game.
During the game, your goal is to collect small green rings, jump and maneuver through and around obstacles, and avoid the various hazards in your way. It’s quite fun to control yourself instead of some other video game character, and kids in particular seem to enjoy watching themselves navigate through the game screens.
At the end of the game, you’re told how many rings you collected. My daughter got 87 last time…how many can you get?