So this second one hit near and dear to my heart. It’s called Never Alone.
[Pics taken from the website.]
This is the story of Kunuuksaayuka. The story of an endless blizzard that threatens the survival of our people. A story of a dangerous and cold journey at the top of the world. A story of bravery and true friendship.
Come play my story. You are Girl and Fox, crossing dangerous lands, facing icy peril. Meet fantastic creatures and visit lost villages. Discover the mysteries and beauty of the helping spirits that are hidden in the world around us.
Work together to overcome the challenges and obstacles that Nature, in her fury, will throw against you. Alone you cannot survive. But together you just might – if you can use each others strengths wisely and you refuse to surrender to the wind and snow and dangers that stalk the frozen North.
This is basically a story play through of different Iñupiaq traditional stories, following the main line of the Kunuuksaayuka story. They were very adamant about how they worked in intensive collaboration with the Alaskan Native people in order to ensure that they weren’t just taking and adapting traditional stories, but staying as close as possible to their culture.
Originally, the inspiration stemmed in reconnecting with Native youth [considering that’s an incredibly important issue: the disconnect between modern society and cultural values]. Since so many kids play video games, what better way to teach them than through something that holds their attention in a fun and interactive way? [Which is also a legitimate education tool; check out the PBS video of Minecraft.edu on Youtube: funny enough, it’s the same company that did Minecraft.edu too].
The graphics are beautiful, with a 2D depth in a 3D world. They stick very close to the traditional artwork of the Iñupiaq people; in a way, it brings the art to life, by allowing it to move through a video game medium.
[Pics taken from the website.]
Another super fantastic aspect is that everything is recorded by the Alaskan Native community in their own language. So how do people without knowing that language understand the storyline? The vast array of possible subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish… the list goes on and on.
Also: major kudos in the inclusion of minority ethnicities and female main characters. For: Xbox One, PS4, PC/Mac/Linux.
[On a personal note, this game hit near and dear to me because I am an Alaskan Native, but have had major racial issues in that I can totally pass for a white person, and have never lived on reservation land and lost connection to tribal rights; therefore I am not legally considered Native American, despite being half by bloodright. So being able to learn culture and history and story through educational type gaming is brilliant.]
[Also holy heckles Markiplier fanbase you work fast.]
I’ve only got 2 [because let’s face it, most of the games at PAX are pretty well known], but I figure I might as well make note of things I need to remember to look forward to, and throw in my two cents about some cool stuff [especially considering I spent a few hours asking weird questions and such].
First up - WANDER.
[Aimed for PC and PS4, potentially Linux; not Mac, because laptop graphics would destroy the graphics.]
So this is a bit like MYST crossed over with Journey which, I mean, hello talk about best kind of game ever, am I right? It’s a huge open world game, with a multiplayer aspect - even better!
To begin: the graphics are just mind blowing for this being only in Alpha [though that seems to be a thing among games that are going to be good - fantastic graphics in early stages of development].
Now, storyline wise: It’s an explorative game in discovering different cultures around a group of islands. Each culture is embedded in different touch stones you come across, with distinctive accents in order to differentiate them.
[So let’s get to some minor opening spoilers; examples of graphics are under the cut.]
Since my Follower count has jumped after posting PAX Prime stuff:
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