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Dartmoor story inspires MED Theatre's video game
By Jemima Laing
BBC Devon

Drawings for Loricum video game
The young people involved have created the entire video game

The flooding of an area of Dartmoor has provided the inspiration for that most modern of art forms - the video game.

Youngsters who attend the MED Theatre in Moretonhampstead have created the game which is based on real events which took place on Dartmoor.

They have taken their story from the flooding of a moorland valley to create a reservoir - which caused controversy in the community.

"The game is story-based, involving characters needing to solve puzzles to move forward in the intricate plot," said Gillian Webster from MED.

The game will be available shortly in CD-Rom format and will sell for £6.50.

Young people working on Loricum video game
The game is going on sale soon at the MED website

Taking the role of Leon, a reporter from London, the game-player has the chance to discover the mysterious world of Loricum, walking across moorland, investigating houses, and looking in farms.

When exploring this world, Leon is met by local inhabitants who all have secrets the game-player needs to unravel.

"The characters and plot are based on a play written collaboratively by MED Theatre's young people and local playwright Mark Beeson in 2006," said Gillian.

The young participants, between the ages of 13 and 18, have created the video game from start to finish with training from professionals.

"Nineteen young people were involved in the creation of the game, in addition to the lead mentor Jamie Holding, 21, who was responsible for game development," said Gillian.

They have planned and scripted the game and puzzle structure, created the art work, made stop-motion animations, filmed and edited a trailer, and even produced the coding to enable the game structure to function.

"MED Theatre's aim in all its work, whether it is in or out of schools or with trans-generational participants, is to encourage the creation of original work inspired by the local area," said Gillian.

"This project has been no exception."

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