InanimateAlice is a serialized, interactive, Web-based story following young protagonist Alice from age 8 to age 20, as she moves with her family around the world. The first three episodes of this edgy mystery take her to China, Italy, and Russia.
Written and directed by award-winning novelist Kate Pullinger and digital artist Chris Joseph, the work consists of multimedia episodes that incorporate text, sound, funky music, images, and games. Episodes grow more challenging, reflecting Alice’s growing ability, as she emerges as a successful game animator.
Throughout her journey, Alice is inspired and kept company by her only friend, Brad, the skater character she designs and animates on her console. The BradField Company, Alice’s creators, note that this interesting relationship presents:
a study of human/computer relations in a world where having friends means never having to meet them.
The first installments of Alice’s story are free.
Alan explains the pricing:
The price is going to be an all-time site licence for £99. Pretty incredible. There will be more software (simple cartooning) available with installments 6 and 7 which will be charged for but the stories online will continue to be free.
Is it a book? A game? A digital story? Interactive video?
I don’t really care. I love the variety of creative strategies we now have to tell, share, and publish our stories. I know a number of young people, devoted and reluctant readers alike, who will be most open to new and emerging ways to engage in reading.
My bigger hope is that this work (the work of Alice herself) will inspire young people to use their talents to create story on their own, to continue to push the growth narrative formats.
Episode 2 Italy