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Year created:

2006

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is a game story: discover the plot by navigating the characters. The project is based on a 4000 year old Indo-Aryan tale. Originally, this story existed as verses that were transmitted orally. Later it was integrated in Hindu scriptures among which the Ramayana. In this myth, our ancestors made sense to their observations of the world: natural phenomena were transformed into characters and basic human emotions became stories.


The 2006 version of this story is an experiment on the integration of story, interface and illustration. Navigating the protagonists around in the story-world triggers interfaces that have an abstract narrative signification. Characters are based on Hindu tradition and translated to a contemporary internet culture. The traditional story is chopped into a a series of visual and narrative puzzels one has to discover. This is a game story: discover the plot by navigating the characters. Listen carefully, there are many hints given.


"The churning of the Ocean" is one of the oldest Hindu mythologies. It dates back to the hymns of the Vedas. It is a creation myth, that tells a story of the Golden Age, when the earth was young and the cosmic balance was yet to be found. The story is about a family of brothers, the Devas and the Assuras. The Devas are the gods of light, the Assuras are the dark power. You help the Devas against the harrasment of the Assuras...


This project is based on a 4000 year old Indo-Aryan tale. Originally, this story existed as verses that were transmitted orally. Later it was integrated in Hindu scriptures among which the Mahabharata. In this myth, our ancestors made sense to their observations of the world: natural phenomena were transformed into characters and basic human emotions became stories.


The 2006 version of this story is an experiment on the integration of story, interface and illustration. Navigating the protagonists around in the story-world triggers interfaces that have an abstract narrative signification. Characters are based on Hindu tradition and translated to a contemporary internet culture. The traditional story is chopped into a a series of visual and narrative puzzels one has to discover.


Story adaption, graphics and programming: Thomas Laureyssens

3D modelling and animation: Hyver

Sound: Els Viaene

Voice: Ruby Brard

Support: Rhizome