Lives at War
Lives at War is an online game aimed at school children learning about life on the Home Front during World War 2. Developed in partnership with Lighthouse, with funding from the Digital Film Archive Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the game allows schoolchildren to engage with filmed history in an immersive, investigative way by re-presenting scenes from archive WW2 film footage in a 3D virtual environment. The scene is a fictitious Brighton street of the 1940s and the environment uses game mechanics to draw players in to the lives and experiences of air-raid survivors, through a number of task-based activities.
The game has been developed with input from a group of school children. Supported by filmmaker Annis Joslin, they conducted interviews with older people who lived through the events the game depicts. From these oral histories the children created moodboards for avatars and new soundtracks and films to accompany the archive films that players encounter in the street.
Both single player and multi player versions of the game have been created and the game can be played either in a browser or as a standalone desktop application. Lives at War can be played at lives-at-war.org.uk
The project won a FWA 'Site of The Day' award and was nominated in the interactive category at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.