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This reminds me of Limbo, only infinitely better because it has a polar bear instead of a giant spider.

Gosh, but that was a pleasant headline to write. The newest behind-the-scenes video for gorgeous puzzle-platformer Never Alone is all about how video games can be used to pass on knowledge and culture.

Never Alone is a puzzle-platformer in which you play as a young girl trying to save her people from an endless blizzard, and it’s set in the world of Iñupiat folklore, the Iñupiat being one of the native peoples of Alaska.

The video below features Ron Brower Sr., an Iñupiat elder and the “cultural ambassador” to the game, discussing how Never Alone can pass on bits of culture, tradition, and folklore to younger generations through a medium that they enjoy.

“Making a videogame will be a very important tool, especially in our community where our younger generation are into Xbox,” says Brower Sr. “That would be a great way of transferring some of our historic knowledge to the younger generation, because they’re hearing bits of our story – bits of the culture – that’s been passed down to my generation, but that has not bridged over to the younger Xbox generation.”

In terms of using games as a tool for communication and education – two things of which they’re perfectly capable, although such things are usually done quite badly – this short behind-the-scenes video is both optimistic and thought-provoking. Give it a look below: it’s easily worth 95 seconds of your time.

Never Alone is due out this autumn.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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