Right now in San Francisco is the annual “Game Developers Conference“. I’m aware of this event mostly because my son, Brian Handy, plans on a future in video game design once he finishes college (majoring in computer science, of course). But today I got an email telling me about a mobile game that the readers of this blog might like and which is getting a special debut at the GDC this week.
What’s it all about? Ogmento, an “augmented gaming developer”, is showcasing at GDC their new mobile game, Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary. It’s an app that’s location based. Since the conference is in San Francisco, they’re playing with it. Here’s what I was told:
“…players in SF will be able to participate in an actual good versus evil battle. Running around San Francisco, players will stop at several locations to investigate paranormal activity.
“A list of locations include the Mansions Hotel, Queen Anne Hotel, Trinity Episcopal Church, San Remo Hotel, Curran Theatre, Alcatraz, the W Hotel, and of course Moscone Center itself.”
Now,forgive me for being a purist, but the only problem with this whole concept is that there is a little mixup between hauntings and demons or evil. (As well as a confusion with casting spells and other such stuff.) It’s not really the case that “alive” people are good, and dead people, or ghosts, are evil. And ghosts may or may not give a care if you try throwing a “spell” their way. (You know, the odds are against them believing in witchcraft.) As the readers of this blog likely know, ghosts are not necessarily or predominantly evil. Ever visited the Queen Anne Hotel? The ghost there is NOT bad in the least. She is, in fact, benevolent and is as likely to tuck you in, cover you if your blankets fall away or fold your clothes should they slip on the floor as anything else.
But hey, it’s a common mistake. A lot of folks get confused and think if it’s a ghost, it’s gotta be bad. If I had my druthers, they wouldn’t mix up all these unrelated things which might only find each other in a horror film, but apps sell if consumers respond.
Even so, it sounds like fun to see the mock up of San Francisco and its most haunted spots. As for me, I’m no video game addict, but I’ve got my people at GDC, and am expecting a full report on this game…as soon as the train pulls in to Silicon Valley….
Many thanks to my friend, Adrienne Foster, who sent me this link a week or so ago regarding a house that sounds very haunted in the Hollywood Hills!
A couple of months back, I saw something on television about a home in the Hollywood Hills that’s haunted. It was similarly situated clutching the hill, but it was occupied so should not be the same home as this one in the article, since it does not yet have an occupancy certificate. If you know anything about that house, please let me know. I can’t find it anywhere!
Also in Hollywood, according to seeingstars.com, the ghost of Harry Houdini is said to haunt his old digs on Laurel Canyon Road. Click on the link or Google haunted Hollywood and you’ll find many more spots!
A friend sent me a link to this online slideshow of haunted places in the US. Hope you like it!
Forgive the rumor-mongering, but emails about a ghost in the prime Golden Triangle neighborhood of Saratoga, California, are finding their way to my inbox.
The word is that an owner passed away many months ago and the home is being fixed up (or remodeled) for sale. (When done it will be worth somewhere between 1.4 and 2 million dollars is my best guess.)
According to a neighbor:
“Contractors have been in there and report unanimously that a ghost lives upstairs. It looks exactly like the elderly person who lived and died there.”
No, I won’t give you the address. And no, the house is not yet on the market. But buyers beware, the owner of this home died quite awhile ago, and if it goes past 3 years, the sellers will not have to volunteer that a death occured on the property. But if you ask, they’ll have to answer truthfully.
It wouldn’t hurt to knock on the neighbors’ doors and ask about the home before deciding to purchase it. A lot of buyers do that for any home.
“I’m writing to you in the hope that my family’s experience with spirits/lost souls may help some of your clients regain a peaceful home or be able to purchase a home that has unwanted paranormal activity. We moved into a home in 2010 that was haunted (noisily and nightly) by several spirits. Through the use of a painting, we were able to quieten their activity and, we believe, provide a ‘path’ for those spirits to move on. We wish to freely help others who may have similar disturbances in their homes. Any comment or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Our story is on the following website www.peteroosia.webs.com“
Great blog post which includes info on various states’ laws on the disclosure obligation when selling a haunted house.
Buying and Selling Haunted Houses
Fun post on Huffington with a list of some of the haunted college campuses in the US. It’s not exhaustive, though, as it does not include the “Lone Mountain” part of the University of San Francisco, which is notoriously spooked.
A friend of mine sent over a link to this article on the Mental Floss website about a haunted plantation in St. Francisville, LA, & I thought it was worth sharing. I have been to this town (back in 1984) and there are a lot of gorgeous plantations there. The one we saw was in an area called “Oak Alley” but I don’t recall if we viewed this particular property or not.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this is a great area of the country to visit.