Anyone else getting the urge to climb this, deactivate the scrambler and then descend via zipline? The towering “Dr. Seuss House” in Willow, Alaska, via Colossal, is giving me serious Far Cry flashbacks.
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…
Alaska is far. And cold. But, there are beautiful stories there. Like many remote places, it's home to a rich culture that many people might never learn about. How best to tell the world the tales that come from such a place? Make a video game.
They could have put their money into more traditional businesses, like a funeral home or a dry cleaner or real estate development. Instead, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska chose to fund a video games company. They say it's the first one in the United States owned by indigenous people.
Imagine living in a town so remote, so isolated, and so dreary that the prospect of a Taco Bell opening nearby ignites a spark of hope in the populace so intense it has to be set to moving music.
The Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Wild. Majestic. Coffee-soaked. For too long these dark and mysterious areas of the United States have been bereft of a local GameFly distribution center, forced to suffer longer-than-normal shipping times for their game rentals. Today GameFly says no more.
More than 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Alaska's Prince William Sound - the very same spot as the infamous Exxon Valdez disaster - because the captain of a tugboat was playing video games while the ship ran aground, says the Coast Guard.