Aranea video game 2015 

Genre: First person, Adventure

Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4

In my portfolio work of creative responses to text, I thought it would be interesting to experiment with story-telling in videogames; so I used a well-known myth from the Greek tradition. In particular, I chose, as a central story, a part of the myth of Goddess Athena, in which we find the story of Arachne (which is the Greek word for ‘spider’), as described by Ovid in his Metamorphoses (Riley, 1893). According to Book VI of Ovid Metamorphoses, the story is about:

…the maiden Arachne who lived in Colophon, an opulent city of Lydia…Arachne, vain-glorious of her ingenuity, challenges Goddess Athena (Minerva),  to take part in a contest of skill in her art. The Goddess accepts the challenge, but being enraged to see herself outdone, strikes her rival with her shuttle; upon which, Arachne, in her distress, hangs herself. Minerva, touched with compassion, transforms her into a spider. (Riley, 1893, Fable 1)


Minimum System Requirements.

Operating System:  Mac Os 10.9.5 – later

CPU Processor: Intel i5 (Dual-Core)

CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Hard Disk Space: 2 GB

Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 4850

Video Card (NVIDIA): 640M

Video Card (Intel): Iris

Video Memory (VRam): 1 GB

Peripherals: mouse and keyboard


Game play