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.

You meet characters and interact with them to discover their stories

You meet characters and interact with them to discover their stories

During WW2 public spaces were used to grow vegetables

During WW2 public spaces were used to grow vegetables

Whilst you are in the cinema you hear bombs falling outside

Whilst you are in the cinema you hear bombs falling outside

When you leave the cinema you discover that much of the town has been destroyed

When you leave the cinema you discover that much of the town has been destroyed

Some of the characters you met earlier in the game will have been killed by the bombs

Some of the characters you met earlier in the game will have been killed by the bombs

The Lives at War website

The Lives at War website