Victorian School Curriculum
Misadventure In Little Lon complements several subjects within the Victorian school curriculum and engages students via a familiar medium. Namely history, english, media arts and law. Many topics raised in the game could also be discussed in terms of Critical & Creative Thinking & Ethical Capabilities. For example, evaluating ethical issues.
Then there is the technology behind the game itself (augmented reality and geo-location). Plus the role of of sound design and psychoacoustics in the making of the game. Music is used throughout the game to create ambience and the feeling they are in another time, e.g. horse and cart noises.
History Yr 9
"A study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918". By engaging with historical characters on location, students can develop a picture of the social realities of life in Melbourne’s underbelly over a century ago, giving them insights into the complex class, gender and power structures that shaped people’s lives. The app can also stimulate inquiry around the use and interpretation of sources and perspectives.
English Yr 9
“Understand that Australian English is a living language within which the creation and loss of words and the evolution of usage is ongoing”. Misadventure In Little Lon offers a soundscape that immerses the listener in the language and colloquialisms of the time. Schools studying the Runner by Robert Newton could use the game to bring to life the themes in the book in an immersive way.
Media Arts Yr 9
"Experiment with ideas and stories that manipulate media conventions and genres to construct new and alternative points of view... constructing characters for a computer game that appeals to diverse audiences." This is the first time AR technology has been combined with true crime into an immersive gaming experience. “Misadventure In Little Lon” is a great case study for innovation in media.
Legal Studies Yr 11 (Study Area 2)
"Consider actual and/or hypothetical scenarios in which an accused has been charged with the offence, use legal reasoning to determine possible culpability and explain the impact of the offence on individuals and society." Study this true crime from 1910 and consider whether the Coroner's Court got it right in determining the case a death by misadventure. How may the case have changed if it progressed to the criminal court?