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Dares from Jupiter

YouTubers take dares live on YouTube via the Double Dog App.  Bree From Jupiter and her sweetheart did all sorts of funny dares for their fans in this adorable video.

Say 2 Nice Things about it in comments section and they just might make another. We can’t wait too see more dares from them.

Live Nerve

YouTube review d00ditsjeremy has put out a second NERVE video about the Double Dog app.

In his first video, Jeremy did a thorough app review. This time he does dares live! Its actually a sampling from his live Periscope dare session, in which he streamed himself doing dares right from the Double Dog app in real time.

 

Dare Culture

Social media dare games are the next big thing. They are also the next big concern for parents, or at least that’s what makers of parental control software would have you believe.

the dare meets all the requirements for “silly” things kids have done for centuries. There’s an element of risk, proof that you did it, and the acclaim that comes from stepping up to a challenge

The billion dollar industry that makes parental control software is gearing up for a full scale, profit seeking attack on dare culture. What does this mean for fans of Nerve?

It means dare apps will need to have  safety mechanisms built in.  The Double Dog app does this well. It is built around a patented dare process that gives the recipient of the dare an option to “double dog dare” it back, thus removing dare initiator’s incentive to send dares s/he wouldn’t be willing to perform.

Less sophisticated dare apps could come under pressure though.

As the success of the movie Nerve has demonstrated, dare culture is on the rise and no parental control feature will stop that. People of all ages want a new way of expressing themselves online. Social media will either catch on or be eclipsed.

Tech Times Compares Double Dog to the movie Nerve

Double Dog is getting great press! Check out this article from Tech Times.

The article reveals that Double Dog  was created before the movie Nerve was even know to the developers,

The app’s creators at Flying Manta revealed that Double Dog was developed independently, with the team working on it since the beginning of this year. Talk about good timing to have it released alongside what will probably be a big summer movie.

It also talks about the app’s safety features.

“The system is built in such a way so that the person initiating the dare cannot dare anyone to do something crazy because when you send a dare out, if the guy receiving the dare doesn’t want to do it, the dare comes back to you,” Rodrigo Carvalho, Flying Manta co-founder and CEO told Tech Times. “And if you don’t want to do it yourself, you have to chicken out. And then when that happens, you have to pay three times the original amount of the dare.”

The team also relies on user moderation to control the level of dares to prevent people from pushing the envelope, much like a forum where people can report and flag users or dares and the system takes action.

As a result, the dares on the platform—no matter how bizarre some can be—are all in good fun.

The author,  Lauren Keating, enthusiastically endorses the app.

Check it out for free for iOS and Android—we double dog dare you.

Double Dog App Review

Here is a great review of the Double Dog App. The reviewer actually ranked 3rd in the weekly competition, so he really know the app well. He’s still active too. Dare him (d00ditsjeremy)!

Nerve App Ratings and Reviews

As you know, I panned the official Nerve app in an earlier post for being a pure promotional tool. Users of the app can’t do dares, send dares, or get paid.

Apparently lots of other people concur. I’ve taken a screenshot of the Apple App Store page and quoted a couple of the comments. They are pretty harsh.

 

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I wanted it to be more like the movie. Something where we, actual people can do the dare and get points for it. And if you refused to do the dare, you lose a variety of points, depending on how big a deal that dare was. And don’t have stupid kiddy ones. Simple but awesome and only some semi-dangerous ones. Like you insert your biggest fear and it dares you to face that fear in a variety of ways. Example: scared of heights? Go to the highest place you can where your at. Scared of spiders? Go to a pet shop and hold the biggest spider they have. Just not crap like, oh go jump over this chair. Most people using this will probably be teens and older, and trust me, we can handle it. Or at least most of us can. I just want it to be more like the movie tbh…

 

I agree with everyone when it is a cool app but there should be an actual update or even a different app where you can do dares (of course not ones that could get you killed) I think that the “Players” should get in game money to purchase new characters and dares that said characters can do. You should keep the Virtual reality thing because it is really cool. I suggest adding a feature where you can do simple yet exciting dares. Maybe like “Walk around and pretend to talk on the phone about a dead body.” Overall the app is pretty cool even thought the dares that Vee and Sid do are just climbing a freaking ladder.

 

There is a different app where you can actually do dares. Check out Double Dog. It’s very innovative and incorporates most of the key features of NERVE from the book and movie.

Nerve App Review

Though highly anticipated, the Official Nerve app is underwhelming.

For the record, I have only seen the iOS version, but I’m sure this and the one for Android are substantially the same.

Let’s just walk through the app.

The colors scheme is perfect; vibrant and jarring. They are from the same palette that will be used throughout movie and in all the promotional material.

After the fist page load you are presented with the quintessential choice; Watcher or Player.

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I initially chose Watcher. Maybe that says something about me. Anyhow, I am then shown 16 tiles on the right, each of which has a play button. On the left I see the slogan, “LIKE TRUTH OR DARE, MINUS THE TRUTH,” which I love. I’m not sure what the 24-hour game part refers to, though I’m curious.

I read on. “STUNTS PERFORMED BY PROFESSIONALS. DO NOT IMITATE.” Oh dear. First sign of trouble. Is this a car commercial or something? How can I dare people?

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Nope, cannot dare people. In fact, there are not even real people to dare. All those tiles are just videos. They are prerecorded. No commenting  or sharing either.

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The guy in this video does set fire, as promised, to his parachute, but it’s just a stunt performed by a professional. You can go on YouTube and see a ton of these.

Also, he’s not doing it because I dared him to do it, which is basically the whole point.

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What really got on my nerves (pun intended) is the number at the bottom right side of the screen. If you’ve read the book you know that the counter goes up as Watchers watch the dare. Here that number is just part of the video. Nothing is being counted. It’s a total fraud.

Moving on to the Players side of things, we encounter two Player profiles, Vee and Sid, and another warning, “STUNTS PERFORMED BY PROFESSIONALS. DO NOT IMITATE.”

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I choose Vee (later I learn it doesn’t much matter). Then I’m asked to select 360 or Google cardboard. Is this going to be some kind of audio visual experience?

“CLIMB ACCROSS THE LADDER.” Okay, what ladder? A timer counts down from one minute. The Nerve theme music is playing. I choose to accept, worried that I’ll lose $10,000 because I don’t have a ladder.

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No need. An animated woman climbs across an animated ladder.  Ah. The professionals they were referring to are professional animators. You can swivel the phone to change your point of view. AHHH, she has no head! So who is going to give me my ten grand?

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If you go through the process again, or with the other character, you get the same ladder thing with the same outcome.

Okay, so now to summarize.

  • There is no live feed or live activity of any sort taking place on the app
  • There are no payments of any sort taking place on the app
  • There are no dares of any sort taking place on the app

At least let me comment, or share one of these generic videos, or something!

The app left me feeling disappointed and straight jacketed. This is really not a dare app at all. It is just a promotional tool for the movie. And not a great one at that. What a wasted opportunity.

 

 

 

Is There An Actual App Like Nerve?

Is there an actual app that lets people compete for cash and glory? Is it legal? Is it real?

The risque new app that describes itself as “truth or dare minus the truth” is Double Dog, and it is not affiliated with the movie Nerve

This app is too fresh for the corporate studios to handle. It is cutting edge tech driving cutting edge culture.

And it’s already here. Dive in!

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Nerve Movie Poster

The movie poster is out!

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Along with it, Collider got to do some Q&A with the directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

And they asked the essential question:

Do you think something like Nerve is close to becoming a reality?

The directors responded that hopefully “if something like Nerve does pop up, it will have stricter rules.”

That’s more or less what the Double Dog app is. It is a lot like the Nerve movie, but Watchers can’t send an outrageous dare without the possibility that it will be double dared back, making them into Players.

The fluidity between the roles of Watcher and Player adds exciting and also enhances safety.

How NERVE Ends

Spoiler Alert

Nerve the book, and presumably the movie as well, end with a standoff.

What’s happening on the real life Nerve app called Double Dog? Same thing.

Okay, okay. Admittedly this is more tame 🙂

 

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