Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
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Last week we talk you that HBO had launched a Westworld ARG that lets fans go inside the world of the show. There are some interesting things to come out of this experience, especially for those of you who love the logistics of the park. After the jump we’ll take a look at the long DELOS contract the guests have to sign before they get to visit Westworld, take a look at a map of the land, and more.
At the DelosIncorporated website, we get a glimpse into the behind the scenes compound. Check out the map above. On the DiscoverWestworld site, there is a map of the far-reaching land of the theme park.
On the DiscoverWestworld site, there is a topographical map of the far-reaching land of the theme park. Unfortunately, it isn’t very detailed and provides very little in specifics of what can be found in the different regions of the world:
Guests looking to book a trip to Westworld are able to do so on the DiscoverWestworld.com website. Your visit will cost you at least $40,000 a day, and you need to book your trip in week blocks. The maxium stay is 28 days. When signing up for a trip to Westworld, guests are presented with three options: standard, silver, and gold packages:
- Standard: Every stay at Westworld covers anything you could ever need. Upon entrance to the park, you will have a private consultation in one of our state-of-the-art wardrobe showrooms. It is here where you will choose the two most important elements of your trip: your hat and your weapon. More than a garment, your choice is a code, a statement of purpose while in the park — and the tool you choose will be the means by which you make your mark in the new world. Choose wisely, but don’t worry – there are plenty of opportunities for upgrades and changes once you’re in the field.
- Silver: This isn’t your first rodeo here at Westworld. You are ready to bypass standard gameplay in the park and we can help you reach the deeper narratives faster. Whether you are white hat itching to join the bounty hunt of the decade, or black hat looking for more mischievous opportunities in Pariah, the Silver package can equip you with the resources necessary to find those mission-critical elements – and have you pushing yourself in ways you never expected.
- Gold: For our more advanced guests. Panning for the hidden gems in Westworld can take time, and our Gold package offers access to secret paths that lead straight to the outer fringes of the park. These narratives are not for the faint of heart – come unprepared, and you may find yourself blinded by the halo of righteousness, or pulled deeper into the allure of darkness. All amenities in the lower tiers are available to you, along with an arsenal of hosts and tools to unlock levels you never knew existed.
I tried booking a Silver one-week package with a single room at the Mesa Gold Detox center and here is what the trip is estimated to cost:
The resort accepts several methods of payment including “premium bank card, select cryptocurrency, or secure wire transfer.” The fact that a tradition credit card or cash isn’t mentioned may indicate that we are much further into the 21st century than we may believe.
After booking your stay, you will later be contacted to sign a DELOS contract which you must agree to before taking a trip to this DELOS Destination compound. Pajiba has a good rundown of the contract, but here are some of the highlights you may be interested in:
They provide a list of things that people have died from while visiting Westworld:
Statistically speaking, you are more likely to die from lightning strike than to die while in a Delos park. However, the following causes of accidental death have occurred within the Delos Destinations compound: buffalo stampede, self- cannibalism, accidental hanging,drowning, 3rd-degree burns, autoerotic asphyxiation, blunt force trauma, allergic reaction to non-native plant life, falling from great heights, common manslaughter, tumbleweeds. You absolve Delos, Inc. of any wrongdoing if you or anyone in your party suffers bodily harm while using The Service, and you agree to not sue or prosecute Delos, Inc. or any of the smaller entities falling under the Delos Corporation.
Death by Tumbleweeds? Very strange.
“All weapons and equipment used within Delos parks are the exclusive property of Delos, Inc. Gun ammunition contains proprietary safeguards related to bullet velocity, and tampering with gun safety features or ammunition automatically transfers liability to you and absolves Delos, Inc. of any injury or death that may occur as a result.”
The contract reveals that all livestock in the park are Hosts, ie AI robots. Everything with the exception of flies. And of course, all hosts utilize a Sood Samaritan™ reflex to prevent bodily harm to visitors, ” even when the narrative calls for them to appear to endanger guests.”
Before entering the park, you must first surrender any “virtual reality recorders and devices” and any “holographic recreation devices.” The contract also reveals that visitors must leave when your “leave date” arrives and that they cannot extend their stay or try to “hide within the park” past your leave date.
And after leaving the park, visitors require “decompression,” a word most commonly used is underwater diving or space travel. What that entails is a stay of at least a week at the Mesa Gold resort.
One of the most freighting parts of the contract is where they tell you that you are giving up your rights to your DNA:
By entering the Delos Destinations Port of Entry, you acknowledge that Delos, Inc. controls the rights to and remains the sole owner of, in perpetuity: all skin cells, bodily fluids, secretions, excretions, hair samples, saliva, sweat, blood, and any other bodily functions not listed here. Delos, Inc. reserves the right to use this property in any way, shape, or form in which the entity sees fit.
We have speculated about what other secret purposes the Delos company might have in running this park. The best guesses so far include furthering Artificial Intelligence for some purpose, probably to satisfy the singularity and prolong life indefinitely or possibly some military agenda. But what if it has something to do with cloning? Were all these AI hosts completely created by Doctor Ford or are they based on real life people?Cool Posts From Around the Web: