By releasing Dead Man’s Phone: Unmasked, the latest instalment of its BAFTA-nominated crime series, Interactive entertainment studio Electric Noir Studios is bringing attention to the problems surrounding the lives of online sex workers. The narrative of the game opposes the victim-blaming culture by emphasising the right of women to live in safety regardless of their occupations or sexual preferences by depicting women and sex workers as sympathetic, imperfect, everyday people. Dead Man’s Phone: Unmasked, a new interactive crime series available exclusively on mobile through the brand-new storytelling platform Scriptic.
Dead Man’s Phone series is breaking the conventions of mobile gaming
In the interactive video game, Dead Man’s Phone: Unmasked, Players take on the role of a homicide investigator tasked with solving the murder of a female whose body was discovered on Hampstead Heath. The victim may be well-known AllMyFans influencer Gemma Dream, as suggested by the victim’s brilliant red hair clumps and trademark golden mask.
Players will try to unravel the riddle of what happened to Gemma using the victim’s phone, but after searching through the victim’s social media, speaking with an old ex-boyfriend, and apprehending malicious subscribers.
Players use in-game tools such as a news app to report each arrest they make, maps to follow suspects’ locations in real-time, a social networking app to start viral campaigns, and video conferencing to conduct police interviews remotely as the story develops. With multiple-choice answers that suit their investigative approach, they may solve the crime in their own way while still maintaining control over how the story develops.
Dead Man’s Phone seeks to provide a voice for marginalised women
In order to bring attention to the difficulties that online sex workers face on a daily basis, as well as the abuse that they endure online, the stigma that they experience from society, and the serious threats to their personal safety, such as doxing and harassment, author Martha Reed created the compelling narrative for Electric Noir Studios.
The narrative highlights the right for women to live in safety regardless of their employment or sexual choices while challenging the victim-blaming culture by depicting women and sex workers as sympathetic, imperfect, everyday people. Important societal concerns that are generally not exposed through the medium of video games are highlighted in the Dead Man’s Phone series.
Electric Noir Studios is looking to expand its growth more
Electric Noir Studios is continuing to grow in response to the popularity of Dead Man’s Phone: Redman’s first season with the aim of developing even more interactive tales across many genres for the Scriptic platform. The highly acclaimed game by Electric Noir Studios has a second season out now, with more to come, each having a moving tale to tell after receiving a BAFTA nomination in 2020.
Additionally, the company said that later this year, both seasons of Dead Man’s Phone will be made accessible on Netflix under the Scriptic platform name. A handpicked selection of top-notch mobile games is now available on the Netflix app, with unlimited access for Netflix users and no adverts or in-app purchases. Dead Man’s Phone: Redman and Unmasked will be added to this unique group of films through Scriptic, bringing immersive, interactive plays to Netflix viewers all around the world.
Dead Man’s Phone is now available to play and can be downloaded from both Google Play Store and the AppStore. For more information regarding the game, players can visit the official website of Electric Noir Studios.
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