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Creating a Playable Documentary About Jack the Ripper

November 11, 2013

So we’ve announced officially more about the Jack the Ripper project;

Today, Friday 8 November 2013, Bristol-based indie GameTheNews.net announces its latest development, a new title based on the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders called JtR125, one of six new collaborations between filmmakers, academic researchers and creative companies as part of the REACT Future Documentary Sandbox, a nationwide programme to explore the theme of Future Documentary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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125 years ago Mary Jane Kelly was murdered, her badly mutilated body found by a rent collector seeking her arrears on the morning of November 9, 1888. The terrible nature of the murders by Jack The Ripper, who himself was never brought to justice, has ensured the ‘Ripper’ killings remain a mystery that still repulses, contests, fascinates and resonates today. More…

And as part of that I wrote an article for Develop about the project:

So what is a playable documentary? We have no idea – that is one of the aims of the project. Our project, JtR125, represents one of six new collaborations between filmmakers, academic researchers and creative companies as part of the REACT Future Documentary Sandbox, a nationwide programme to explore the theme of Future Documentary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For me, I see it as trying to weave together facts and real events into an interaction method that is driven by the player and offers them game-esque ways to connect. So we want it to be playful, but also have a serious side. We want it to be engaging but also impart knowledge. We’ve had some experience of trying to meld facts and gameplay with NarcoGuerra andEndgame: Syria, but this is a much bigger undertaking. More…


Watch this space!

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