I’ve been playing the computer game Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), a fascinating collaborative project between the games developer Upper One Games and elders of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska. It takes you on beautiful but no-holds-barred race (if you don’t save her, she dies) for survival through the snow and ice with Nuna, an Iñupiaq (Alaskan native) child and her Arctic fox. Between challenges, the supplementary histories and interviews with the elders takes you into their world and their way of seeing it.
Despite once working as a tester for VIS Entertainment in Dundee in the mid 1990s, I have never been a gamer. However, I am now exercising new muscles in a desperate attempt to stop Nuna being mauled by the polar bear.
You can buy it here