This post was first published in The Times of Israel.
A digital animation studio in Louisiana is hard at work on a video game based on the Jewish legend, re-creating 16th-century Prague so that gamers can play as the Golem, the creature brought to life to defend Jews against anti-Semitic attacks.
In the new take on the tale, Shreveport-based Moonbot Studios will pit the Golem against a powerful military force trying to ransack the city.
Moonbot should be up to the task — its founders, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, won an Academy Award last year for the animated short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
“What I think is special about ‘The Golem’ as a game is how the journey of the protagonist mirrors things we take for granted in games,” Moonbot creative director Adam Volker told the Verge, a science and technology website. “So as the player learns the system, which people do in every game that they play, the Golem is learning to be whoever he’s going to be.”
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