Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Who Burned Down the Museum?
A 3-D mystery game of 19th century peculiarity! This is a very rich interactive! It starts with an introduction to Mr. Barnum and his museum (The Lost Museum - Introduction ). The mystery soon takes you into the civil war and the society Barnum lived through.

This cool interactive seems to have a story to its creation. Hosted by SUNY, the mystery is attributed to American Social History Productions, Inc. Production was done at SUNY's New Media Lab, while some material appears from GMU's Center for History and New Media servers. In all this was an eight-year effort!

I have to admit, though, that I nowhere near finished the mystery. The design, while compelling if you are very interested in the topic, doesn't reward you much along the way--or draw you forward past the first call of other pressing matters.

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