Renowned comic artist Ruan Guang-Min has published several best-selling works. His latest publication, Yong-Jiu Grocery Store, describes a young man who returns to his hometown and takes over the family grocery store, after his grandfather is hospitalized. This comic book was recognized twice by the Golden Comic Awards in 2017. In the XR Hack Fest supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Economic Affairs this year, the story and characters of Yong-Jiu Grocery Store are selected as materials for contestants to use in their participating programs. In Golden Comic Awards event this year, three teams will exhibit their award- winning programs.
- A Day at the Grocery Store ／Team: Old Driver
For people in the modern age, it is not easy to be exposed to characteristics and lifestyle cultures that are uniquely "Taiwanese." Augmented Reality (AR) and comics bridged such a gap, allowing us to walk into the lives of grassroot Taiwanese people from an earlier time whenever we wish. The user can step into an animated world, and serve as the shop keeper of the Yong-Jiu Grocery Store for a day, and interact with various characters from the comics. Other then experiencing a linear story, the user will also be able to explore the world within the comic, interact with objects within this world, and discover the ups and downs of ordinary life through the interwoven tapestry of relationships, emotions, and places.
- Memory Grocery／Team: James Weed Studio
Chun-lung decided not to take over the grocery store run by his grandparents.Instead, he moved to Taipei to work after graduation. One day, a hasty phone call informed him of his grandpa's illness, in order to continue serving the neighborhood, Chun-lung's grandma asked him to taking a leave from his company. Chun-lung reluctantly arrived back at his hometown to help, so that grandma could care for grandpa in the hospital. After resting for a while, Chun-lung realized that he has locked himself in the store, and must explore the premises in order to find the key. Over the course of the search, Chun-lung uncovered many memories shared by his grandparents, will these memories change the way Chun- lung perceives the grocery store?
- Recollections of an A-po／Team: GT Fighter Jet
This is an interactive virtual reality (VR) theater, as mentioned in the comics: to live here is to inexplicably gain a bunch of relatives with no blood relations. Players will assume the role of a pedestrian, a good samaritan who proactively assists the elderly grandma in recalling her memories. Through the process of the game's character recalling various memories, the surrounding scene would continually shift in accordance, suggesting the possibility of expanding one's horizon through communication, and that to leave the crowd is to make one blind. Other details in the game also correspond to various hidden sentiments.