In this age of Lana Del Rey think pieces and urinal-based consoles, it's easy to be cynical about video games. If you find yourself in need of something to reignite the sparks between you and your console, then you should check out a one-night-only group video game at The Museum of Natural History this Thursday. And it's starring none other than The Magnetic Fields' sardonic wit Stephin Merritt.
The 200-person video game, Space Controller, is being put on by Babycastles, a D.I.Y. video arcade collective, on January 26. Co-founder Syed Salahuddin told The Observer a bit more specifics about the project:
A multi-player control deck at the center of the theater will offer a small crew the chance to navigate the spacecraft together, piloting through treacherous asteroid belts. The crew is an unassigned, free-form team that works together to pilot the spaceship, with various parts of the ship spread out over the theater while being guided by a on-board computer system that is voiced by Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields.
The night also includes admission to an open bar, some indie video games, and a live performance by the band One Ring Zero. You can buy tickets here. And below, check out The Magnetic Fields' newest single, "Andrew In Drag."