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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Through the Digital Looking Glass

While exhaustively reverse-engineering the Serial Experiments Lain game, always in the back of my mind was an article I read years ago. It describes some curious connections between Lain, and another game called Alice In Cyber Land.
http://www.cjas.org/~leng/alice.htm

So naturally, once the Lain game hacking was thoroughly complete, my attention quickly turned to finding the secrets Alice held.

The work to discover the unique ways the game stored its videos really paid off. The Alice videos were all well animated, and suggested a game that could be a lot of fun. But for now I must be content with its raw Japanese clips, all of which can now be viewed on Youtube.

The Alice In Cyber Land franchise didn't stop with the game. It also included a soundtrack, and short OVA. It seems at least episode 1 was fansubbed by a group called "Boot To Da Head" back in 1997. The first episode is now watchable in very low quality, raw Japanese.

While the connections between Lain and Alice are intriguing, you might be interested to know that they don't end there. Tucked away in a corner of the internet is a little account by one of the game's creators that extends the connections to one more series: Digimon Tamers.
http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/characters/juri-e.html

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