ARGfest 2009 came and went the weekend of July 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. Many prominent players and practitioners were there, and many a deep thought was thunk by those in attendance. Mike Monello of Campfire Media captured a pencast of the panels, though a full DVD should be available soon, as well — keep checking the ARGfest-o-con website for more information on how to buy one for yourself. Meanwhile, Ralph Loizzo has written a lovely summary of the messages he took away from ARGfest this year:
Congratulations to all the attendees of the 2009 argfestocon in Portland Oregon. After much debating and sharing, the writers, web designers, artists, academics, film producers, directors, puppet-masters, and players have created a 26 bullet point list that clearly defines the ARG genre as a whole.
Beginning Monday, July 20th, 2009, all ARG designers must adhere to the aforementioned bullet-point list before “going live” with their work. All present ARGs are excluded from the bulleted list adherence requirement, except unless “beginning a new chapter”. In such case, the new work will be required to comply.
Read the rest at Friartech — it’s definitely worth the click.