people ask many things, so here are FAQs.
is this project made?
A. The Adventueres of Josie True is created in a vector-based
animation package called Macromedia Flash (primarily version 4, tho
the files run in the flash 5 player). It is ideal for web-based delivery
of games and animation.
Q. Why do we go to Chicago? Why do we go to Paris?
A. This game, like future Josie games, is based around the life of an
actual historical woman. Bessie Coleman managed a chili parlor in Chicago
while saving money for flight school. She received her pilot's license
in France, and returned to France a second time to get her stunt pilot's
license. In the game, we catch her just before her trip. We end up going
with Josie to Paris for one of Coleman's flight shows! So the settings
were based around the events surrounding the historical figure.
Q. How do I win the game?
A. To win The Adventures of Josie True, you must play games and
win, then collect inventory items which further you along in the story.
There are 14 games in all within the whole adventure. Eventually, you
may find youself just outside Paris, in the countryside...
do you host the site?
A. Josie is hosted in Canada. I recommend these
folks, they deal with customers in the US and Canada and most likely
beyond. Very helpful. Josie is running off of their very peppy backbone.
input was involved in the project?
Girls from around the city of Buffalo played an active role in content
and usability testing (you know who you are!!) In addition, feedback
has been received from around the world via email. Thanks to all for
your ideas. And of course, the student team at UB made it all happen.
are you giving the project away for free?
A. This is a conscious choice before we even started the project. This
is a not-for-profit project funded by the NSF--it is designed so that
girls will be able to get involved in the internet and in science and
math educational opportunities for free. We want to give real girls
good content and provide real historical role models to girls in a science
and math context. There is too much money at stake in the software industry
for developers to take (what they perceive as) market risks; unfortunately,
that means that we see less diversity in the products available to girls.
In addition, software is too expensive for the average family or the
average school, and since the project is funded, it should be in the
hands of as many people as possible. So send friends and family our
remember, B* prevails right now, but she may not forever. Josie is way
Q. Who owns the rights to Josie the character?
A. Rights to the project, including all characters and games, are possessed
by Mary Flanagan. There are future Josie projects in design. If you
would like to use images of Josie on your site, please provide a link
to this site (http://www.josietrue.com). If you would like to contract
a special Josie appearance on a media site near you, please contact
~ mary @ maryflanagan. com