We all have our bad days — but some bad days are way worse than others. And it's hard to get worse than a first day at school that goes totally, horribly, mind-bendingly wrong. So how do you put such an experience behind you? That's the question that provoked Nightmare High, an online game for pre-teens that recently took home an interactive children's award from BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Developed for the independent UK broadcaster Channel 4 by Somethin' Else, a highly regarded London production company, Nightmare High is inhabited by the likes of Mr. Piltdown, the criminally boring physics teacher, and Liam Bastin, the school bully even the teachers are afraid of. You start out on your first day of secondary school with the best of intentions — but by the end of the day your gym uniform has been tossed out the window, the teacher has made you wear a leotard instead, a fellow student has recorded it on all on video and posted it to YouTube, and you've become the laughingstock not just of your new school but of the entire nation. At which point, reality cracks wide open — and now you've got to pull it together again. Good luck.