If you’ve played such video games as ‘Alan Wake’, ‘the last of us’ or ‘Amnesia’ then you are well versed in a genre that can keep you up at night, but did you know that you can find that in Second Life as well? I’m not talking about spending an hour at the Safe hub, no, I’m talking about UNIA.
But UNIA is more than just a game; it’s a piece of art in itself. I don’t mean because the MadPea team are amazingly talented, creating both the perfect blend of enthralling visuals and flawless scripts. I mean with the addition of several guest artists such as Bryn Oh, Rebeca Bashly, Jaimy Hancroft, and Fuschia Nightfire. This unusual pairing of gaming, art and storytelling is the perfect medicine to get your creative juices flowing and if you don’t believe me, here come some brilliant examples!
Machinima is a fine art in Second Life and one that UNIA really lends itself to with every corner giving you a feast for the eyes and the mind. Krios produced a video to showcase the eerie landscapes that haunted him after his time in UNIA, a game he will happily go on record saying was one of his most memorable in Second Life to date.
There is a bounty of beautiful photos to be found of Unia and many of them can be viewed on MadPeas Flickr group. A photographer named Dodo delved deep into the mysteries of UNIA and produced some amazing shots that really captured the essence of his experiences. He was most inspired by the morbid mood and dated feel of the place, like he’d been transported back in time.
Yet another brilliant photographer is Cash Meili, who ventures far and wide around the grid snapping whatever captivates his attention! He fell in love the the little details and quirks of Molimo, the town at the beginning of UNIA, and the darkness lurking just under the surface.
Next is an artist well known for his surrealist installations in Second Life, Eupalinos Ugajin, who ventured into UNIA to appreciate the art pieces that were created for the game. He really got into the swing of it, setting up an impromptu pop-up bar in an old barn to quench the thirst of adventure seekers that had fallen foul of some of the beasties lurking in the mists as well as taking some great pictures.
Rubi Ember had her first MadPea experience in UNIA, something so memorable she penned a poem in its honour! She fell in love with the sombre and foreboding atmosphere that held a promise of purpose, one she was eager to fulfill.
‘Welcome little one
to a world of darkest dreams.
Where an empty landscape of death and decay greets you
at every turn.
Blackest ravens watch you from
cloudless skies where a hollow disc of cold light
dangles lifeless from the hangman’s noose.
Swirls of dust rise from empty roads
to meet and mingle with the fog,
twisting visions into tortured tales of sorrow and loss.
No respite found here, no solace given;
Where windows, shattered by the deafening silence,
Cut deep to soak the earth with mother’s blood.
Beware the shadows of the trees:
they hide the danger buried deep
in dank forbidding holes of doom.
Run from the unseen demons
lurking in the dark, if you can;
To end abandoned and alone,
tangled up in ghostly nightmare chains
that bind you to this world of dread
and drag you down, down, down
feed the corn.’
Finally, another great video taken by one of the amazing MadPea community, Günni, who produces some wonderful, whimsical work with a dark edge. She loved getting lost in the nightmares of Unia and her haunting capture of the landscape is a great piece to finish on.
With the world of UNIA coming to an end on July the 31st, now is the perfect time to experience a unique piece of Second Life before it’s gone! Come and get inspired and see what magic you can create, even if it’s just amazing memories.