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Virtual Assistant-Hosted Murder Mystery

“Alexa, open ‘Home Mystery Series.”
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“Sure. Which type of mystery would you like to play? You can say, ‘Sci-fi, murder mystery, escape room, Encyclopedia Brown, horror, Sherlock Holmes classic, or random.’”

“Random.”

“Sure. How many people will be playing, and what is the age of the youngest player?”

“8 people playing. 11 years old.”

“Initiating. Please set your smart TV to the Prime channel, where the details of the mystery will be explained.”

The TV was switched over to Prime, and a picture of a dead body in a space suit showed up. The lights in the room adjusted to a bluish space ship tone. The microwave set a timer counting down from 37 minutes and 23 seconds.

“The captain has died. The ship is currently drifting in a decaying orbit around the ice planet ‘Bursa 3,’ and unless you, the crew, can figure out how to start the ship’s auxiliary engines, the ship will burn up in the atmosphere in 37 minutes and 19 seconds. The first officer seems to have removed his locator badge, and so I am not able to trace his current position.”

As we went from room to room, various connected devices assumed their role in the mystery. My phone displayed a timer until destruction and plotted our position on the ship. An augmented reality app showed us various broken ship bits we had to find to reassemble and start the engine controls. From time to time, Alexa would announce that there had been another murder on the ship, and a player would be removed from the game.

With 2 minutes left to spare, we had solved the mystery of the captain’s death, and restarted the engines.

“Congratulations for solving the murder mystery and repairing the ship. You may now use your microwave to start some popcorn for the upcoming feature film.”

We flopped down on the couch, and pressed ‘play’ to watch Mission Impossible, but got bored of it and flipped it off.

And then the couch disappeared entirely.

“Hmm... must be a programming glitch. Computer, arch. End simulation of 21’st century technology: virtual assistant.”

Ryker stepped outside of the holodeck and went across a few corridors into Ten-Forward. Outside, the planet ‘Bursa 3’ was looming very large...

RayfordSteele, Apr 13 2021

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"Probably relevant," I thought "but who can tell these days?". I pulled up the collar of my raincoat. The flickering of the bathroom light silhouetted me as I strode off into the darkness of the living room. Somebody had left the damn TV on again. [DrBob, Apr 13 2021]

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       These would take a lot of work to make, but it would be worth it.
Voice, Apr 13 2021
  

       Is there a Noir version where I get bonus points for talking like I just dry swallowed a pound of gravel?
Voice, Apr 13 2021
  

       Sure, maybe with Alexa's voice changed to that of a femme fatale.
RayfordSteele, Apr 13 2021
  

       [+] I can see this happening. Just with a speaker and LED lighting control you could do a good storm. Add in floorboard creaks and heavy breathing from a speaker in another room. I'm scared now.
bigsleep, Apr 13 2021
  

       I could see some escape room elements, through augmented reality or a phone app or something, thrown in for fun.
RayfordSteele, Apr 13 2021
  

       Nice, what [Voice] said, I can't see the human race getting a simple universal low level platform any time soon.
wjt, Apr 17 2021
  
      
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