Immerse yourself in ancient Singapore in a new online game

In what is probably the first of its kind for the region, Singapore has just launched a new online role-playing game called the World of Temasek, which lets players immerse themselves into 14th century Singapore. The game is free to play (registration needed) and is supposed to be historically accurate. I’ve signed up for an account, but haven’t had the chance to give it a spin yet – hopefully I can write a review later.

World of Temasek

World of Temasek (online game)

Live life in 14th century S’pore – virtually
The Straits Times, 04 March 2011
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Instead of just reading about Singapore’s history, you can go back in time to experience life in 14th century Temasek, as the island was known then.

In an online game called World of Temasek, you can role-play as a spice trader on the Singapore River trying to outbargain rival traders, or as a farmer ekeing out a living in Fort Canning and fighting man-eating tigers.

It is the first locally created, 3-D multi-player, role-playing game.

Set 600 years ago, the historically accurate $1.35 million game – developed by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), National Heritage Board and game developer Magma Studios – was launched by Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew yesterday.

Mr Lui, the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third annual Media Fiesta – a month-long showcase of made-in-Singapore media products, services and talent – said the game ‘is set to take history lessons to new, creative levels’ by integrating entertainment, education, heritage and culture.

There is no charge to play the game – just log on from a computer with a reasonably fast Internet connection.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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