I never expected the world’s first Alaskan Native video game to come out with DLC. But Never Alone’s new add-on means more than just than just extra gameplay.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of playing Upper One Games’ Never Alone, or Kisima Injitchuna. It was a relatively simple puzzle-platformer game that on the merits of gameplay doesn’t do anything too drastic from the norm. However, what the game did do incredibly well was teach me something new.
When was the last time a video game told you about a whole other culture? Took you somewhere remote you'd only heard about in passing, and let the people who've lived there speak to you in a generations-old voice? Never Alone does that all-too-rare thing and does it very well.
A few years ago, an Alaskan indigenous community found themselves with money to invest. Like any investment, the money would ideally multiply itself many times over. The Cook Inlet Tribal Council thought about funding funeral homes and getting into real estate. Instead, they decided to pour their money into a video…
And no, I don't mean literally speaking with them. Eww! Reality! I mean chatting with them, as the official World of Warcraft Mobile Guild app now supports a remote chat feature.