Pandemic inspires new ways to entertain: Acting it out

A new form of entertainment has become popular among young Chinese known as live-action role playing. This type of game can satisfy the needs to limit travel and maintain social interaction.

A session involves five to seven players staying in a decorated room. The game time can go from four up to seven hours, depending on the story.

Each play has its own storyline and scenes. It could be a detective game to find the killer, sorting out who commits the crime through acting or gathering clues by chatting with friends.

After final exams, Zhou Kexin and her college roommates decide to hang out this way.

She said, “You get to stay in a room with friends…It is quite safe.” Venues hosting these games said they are fully booked during holidays and on weekends.

However, the game gained momentum long before the pandemic. Registered offline venues hosting live-action role playing reached 12,000 by the end of 2019 with a market value of 1.5 billion dollars.

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