Interactive Drama goes Mainstream

On July 11, 2004 by christy

Over a year ago I found out about a website called Jupiter Green. It had info about the concept of an ‘interactive drama’ that will be coming soon. Then last year I attended a seminar and the producer of the site, Jo Lane, gave a talk and showed the actual drama. Back then they were looking for finance to go live. In the audience were folks from Sensis Pty Ltd and CitySearch. They approached Jo Lane and struck a deal. Now the ‘interactive drama’ is live for what Jo Lane dubbed

the most public user testing

It is live until the end of August. It is a soapie series of six episodes that you can access every three days after your initial registration. What you find, though, is that not only can you delve into the lives of the characters who live at the apartment block Jupiter Green, but you will also be emailed by them! This aspect, like alternate reality gaming, is exciting to be involved with. The interactive nature of the drama extends as far as the storyworld only for nothing you do will impact the characters or plot. However, the fact that it is hosted at CitySearch signals the beginning of electronic works beyond games and edutainment having a market. Register asap and read some of the false claims around the work like

Australia’s first web based drama

I’ll be putting together an article on this piece, for sure.