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We've learned so much from co-designing the Apart of Me platform with young people who have lost a parent. We've talked to parents who have understandably struggled to have these very difficult conversations with their children, and often feel isolated themselves, without anyone to talk to. And we've met with organisations who are keen to find new ways to reach and engage young people in need.
Now we need to bring our game into the world. We have to build a secure system for the storage of digital memories. We need to accelerate the development of the most requested Apart of Me features:
An App for Parents and Carers
We will create a companion app for Apart of Me. This will provide vital information to parents and carers about how to talk to young people about death and dying. It will also allow parents and carers to upload images and stories directly to the Apart of Me servers, allowing our younger users to incorporate them into their treehouse.
Our message in a bottle feature is designed to guide young people in building up a virtual “memory box”, prompting them to ask important questions of their loved one and gather images and video “memories” before it’s too late. In Phase 2 we plan on allowing users to view and curate these memories in their own personal “treehouse” space.
Fostering an Interactive, Creative Environment
Our beta testers told us they loved the idea of growing, cultivating and building the environment within the game. This will allow users to customise their island while also allowing us more opportunities for exploring life and death in our safe virtual environment. This also allows us to add the ability for users to share their own ‘power-ups’ with other users, giving them a real sense of being able to help others who are going through hard times.
Hearing Other People's Stories
The Cave was one of our testers’ favourite areas in the game due to its immersive design and the sense of entering into a world within a world. We plan on enriching the cave, making it more immersive and giving our experienced users the ability to add their own audio stories
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