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(VIDEO) View a vintage Vancouver in new iPad game 'Circa 1948'
"Vancouver. 1948. An abandoned hotel and a dilapidated back alley. You may think this seems like a faraway time and place, but history will not be silent."
The National Film Board of Canada has released a new video game – in the spirit of its own quote above – called Circa 1948, an interactive title that transports users to post-World War II Vancouver, B.C.
It also gives Vancouverites – or just British Columbians, in general – a homegrown slice of wanderlusty nostalgia, something we normally think is reserved for more romantic places or times like 1920's Paris, 1960's Rome, or 1950's Tangier.
Circa revisits forgotten neighbourhoods like Hogan's Alley – which it describes as "Immigrant workers, drifters, and dreamers rub elbows with politicians and cops on the take" – and the old Hotel Vancouver – "A crumbling grand hotel is home to newlyweds, grifters and homeless war vets".
It uses 3D renderings of the haunts and character conversations, lending from the CBC's radio broadcasts and a story that's "based on true events" (according to VanCity Buzz).
The game was designed by artist Stan Douglas and was released on April 22, 2014 at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.