Let’s go for a Joyride

Joyride by Andy andCampbell and  is apart of the Dreaming Method series. The first opening images are a series of photo shots showing what appears to have been a car accident. Which is a total contradiction to the title, Joyride. Unless of course the car ride was a joyful one before the accident.

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There is a great use of images and sound in this interactive fiction. There are twelve images that you can click on and each image shows a different part of the car. When you click on each image, a series of words appear. It’s hard to determine exactly what the words represent but it seems that depending on each image, it either tells you what happened before, during, or after the accident. The words are also shown in different sizes representing the effect and would could have been louder, what was the bigger impact, etc, within the “joyride.”
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There doesn’t seem to be a particular order to why the images were arranged as they were, except for the fact that it seems that we start off looking at the car from afar, then observing the inside of the car and even further into the details such as the cracked windshield or missing tire. Finally, at the end of the “sequence,” we are again looking out to the car in a somewhat more understandable way of the accident. This series shows how either a police officer or detective would look at the car.
When you hover over each of the images, a sound similar to a rapid heart beat plays through. But when you actually click on the images, a sound of camera clicks plays through. The sound of the rapid heart beats represents the people that were in the car accident itself right before it happened. Whereas the the camera clicks signify the investigators looking into the car after the accident. The visual of when you hover over the images, is a quick flashing representing camera flashes of the investigators.
The very last image showcases a phrase The Waste of Child which is a compelling end of the “story.” It leads to the questions of if there was only one person in the automobile, or that there were two irresponsible adults were driving, killing their own child, or it could raise the question of how teens get into car accidents for multiple different reasons.
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What does this IF mean to you? Do you think this is a good representation of how to show a car accident? Let me know in the comments down below!

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