ELA is an interactive text adventure with audio and video content. ELA was created with the free storytelling tool Twine2. Twine is available as an online editor as well as a desktop application for multiple operating systems. The tool is licensed as an open source software. ELA is licensed under a creative commons license.
The story of ELA takes place in a fictive scenario in near-future. In this future the so-called ALGOs are responsible for the administration of cities. ALGOs are the advanced development of artificial intelligence- and big data-projects, which are realized with the technology of quantum-mechanical computers. ALGOs are developed with identities and human bodies, which can move freely in the cities. They have a human-like consciousness embedded to judge on decisions and take moral and ethical perspectives into consideration. When one of the ALGOs shows malfunction and chaos ensues, the player takes over the role of an ALGO supervisor, which has to decide wheter the ALGO-unit can be repaired and put into the city again.
PLAY ELA (german)
Experimental online version: >> PLAY NOW <<
(Good internet bandwidth recommended. If the videos cannot be played, please use the download version below)
ELA can be downloaded and played locally in the Mozilla Firefox Browser. Chrome and other browsers might have issues.
- Download BETA-version: 480p-version (188 MB) | 720p-version (410 MB)
- Extract zip archive to a new folder
- Open folder
- Select file „ELA.html“ and open it with Mozilla Firefox
- Turn on sound for full experience
The media product was made in an academic seminar at TH Köln (Cologne, Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Friederike Siller.
This interactive work is licensed under a Creative Commons Namensnennung – Nicht-kommerziell – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.
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- New York City – Sandy Blackout by Tony Sjöman, License: CC BY 3.0
- THE POST-HUMAN EXPERIMENT by dfenton, License: CC BY 3.0
- look drone by Felipão, License: CC BY-NC 3.0
- Videos of the project Dystopia – user generated cinema, License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
- Riot police attack peaceful protesters at G20 Climate Camp by IndyMedia/Rikky, License: free re-use (See Copyright-Abschnitt)
- Veloma by Fabrizio Paterlini, License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
- Waking up by Dexter Britain, License CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US
- The time to run by Dexter Britain, License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Sources: sound effects
Media files are in a separate folder. In order to test the story I always had to use „Publish to file“, because the test/debug-mode does not provide the possibility of an external path or something to the media files.
Another challenge is the preload-property of video files. The preload process is not that easy for twine, because it is difficult to foresee which video is the next one when there are multiple decisions. There is a possibility for forcing video to preload, but I did not test it yet.
Thanks a lot!
Featured image: Screenshot of Dystopia – user generated cinema, Lizenz: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0