Jamie Kane 1982-2005
As the world mourns the passing of this great pop icon, one cannot help but wonder why he was taken from us at such a ripe young age. For someone whose life had enriched all who came to know him, and whose music had filled so many hearts with love, the sudden death of Jamie Kane will echo tears of sadness throughout eternity.
Just this week, the BBC has launched a site that pays homage to this fictitious pop star by way of a unique alternate reality game that is played over the Web.
Anyone 14 and older may play the game, which consists of a variety of media that together form the game play experience. Players will visit secret websites, receive personalized emails, and use specialized Flash applications that have all been ingeniously woven together to form this innovative game. For example, players will 'chat' with characters in the game by launching a custom Flash app made to simulate an instant messaging (IM) client.
This is no ordinary Web game, and it is very different than anything previously reviewed here. Expect that it will take about 20 minutes a day to play, and there are 15 days worth of puzzles to solve.
You may begin the game by setting up a free account at the BBC website linked here, and entering some personal information that is used solely for the purpose of personalizing your game play experience. You may unsubscribe from the game at any time.
This extraordinary and ambitious game was created by the very talented folks at Preloaded in the UK, and the many sites in the game were all produced by the BBC.
The BBC has taken the game offline and it is therefore no longer available to play. Sorry. :(