Survey on developing an animated interactive digital game using computer tools in relevance to ICH with Shona as a vehicle

  • Fungai Jacqueline Kiwa
  • Herbert Chimhundu
  • Maria Tsvere
  • Sindiso Nleya
Keywords: 3D Technology; Digital, games; Intangible Cultural Heritage; Safeguarding; Transmission


Modern society places a high value on preserving cultural heritage. Because of this legacy, we learn more about our predecessors' production processes and way of life. A more accurate portrayal of this aspect of life is now possible because to the 3D technology's quick development which includes digital animated games. The utilization of cutting-edge animated digital technology allows for the preservation of the rich cultural heritage for upcoming generations, both tangible and intangible. They offer ways to preserve, find, and display cultural heritage artifacts. Intangible cultural heritage (ICH), which includes storytelling, acting, and other skills passed down from generation to generation, is a significant component of our society. This form of culture is frequently overlooked as a result of the rapid growth of civilization and population mobility. Because of this, it is crucial for the modern world that ICH is preserved. The primary goal of this paper is to review the literature on the following topics: (1) Intangible heritage preservation and transmission; (2) Culture and indigenous language; (3) Animated interactive digital games; (4) Game paraphernalia; (5) Modern technologies in the transmission and documentation of intangible heritage; and (6) Cartoon animation. The process entails the following key steps: formulation of the study questions, creation of the search query, and selection of publications from Scopus, Web of Knowledge, and IEEE Xplore, and lastly study execution and analysis of the results.The findings indicate that digital games, as cultural objects, are widely viewed as disposable entertainment items, a viewpoint that the games industry frequently fosters.


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