Never Alone Opens Your Eyes to New Cultures in a Delightful Adventure
Tom is taken by his hands-on with Never Alone, a platformer that’s as fun as it is informative.
Never Alone is fun. That’s important, because behind its intriguing design lies a cultural history that elevates this from a neat diversion to a (potentially) important communication tool. E-Line Media specializes in combining entertainment with education (excuse me for avoiding the unsightly term “edutainment”), so there’s no surprise that it’s behind such an enterprise. What is surprising is how Never Alone began. Gloria O’Neill, the president and CEO of the Cook Inlet Tribal Counsel, approached E-Line to design a game based on Inupiat folklore. The idea was that the Alaska Native’s youth were getting harder to reach with so many electronic distractions surfacing. So Never Alone is a way to pass down these traditions that speaks to people on their own level, doing something that they already enjoy doing.”