Hello! This website is the product of efforts from the International Game Developers Association Alternate Reality Game Special Interest Group (IGDA ARG SIG) — whew! It was born out of the desire to provide key information about the very well known but little understood format of ‘alternate reality games’, and this first iteration (many more to come) is due to the efforts of:
- ARG Definition by mez and J. James Bono
- ARG Design Links by Christy Dena
- ARG Developers by Michelle Senderhauf, and Jan Libby
- ARG FAQs by Wendy Despain
- ARGs in Education & Training by Alex Moseley, Bryan Alexander & J. James Bono
- Awarded ARGs by Christy Dena
- History of ARGs by Michelle Senderhauf
- How to Play ARGs (links) by Christy Dena
- What are ARGs to You?
- ARGology logo: Marc Williams (logo will be up soon!)
- Website Management and Hosting generously provided by John Evans
Send us your feedback, ideas and contributions, through comments or by emailing any of the current contributors. Welcome to ARGology!
That’s right, only seven days until the start of ARGFest-o-Con, the ARG fan community convention. There will be all sorts of ARG-related presentations, panels and events…and probably a few surprises as well. There’s still time to register, so if you can make it to Boston next week…
It turns out that Authors cannot write or edit Pages, only Editors can do that. There’s probably a plugin to assign capabilities in a less granular fashion, and I’ll find it if there’s demand; until then, though, we’ll just make people working on Pages into Editors.
ARG creator Dan Hon, co-founder and CEO of Six to Start, will be speaking about ARGs at the forthcoming Visual Web Convention being held in London on the 9th-10th July.
Session 1: Policy, Engagement, & Action – casual serious games, virtual worlds, Visual Web and ARGs. What is the roadmap ahead?
Chaired by Margaret Robertson
Dan Hon, Six to Start
Gobion Rowlands, Red Redemption
Cultural, policy needs and current affairs are looking for new avenues to bring meaning and awareness to their messages and engage (and educate) their audiences – taking a leaf from the books of games and learning providers.
Learning providers are looking to the media and the entertainment sectors to discover the elusive art of ‘digital engagement’ and story-telling. What is the roadmap ahead?
Just a reminder that tomorrow night is the IGDA New York Chapter’s panel on ARGs, starring Mike Monello, Sharon Applegate, Frank Lantz, Catherine Herdlick, and a cast of thousands!
If you’re in town, please try to come, I want to meet you. ^_^ You don’t have to be an IGDA member, it’s totally free, and we will adjourn for cold beverages and sparkling conversation afterward.
Date: Wednesday, May 14th , 6:30 – 9:00
Venue: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
RSVP here to let us know you’re coming.
Thanks so much!
A quick summary of WordPress “Roles”:
- Administrators can do anything.
- Editors manage and publish anyone’s posts.
- Authors write and publish their own posts.
- Contributors write posts, but these posts don’t appear until published (by an Editor, for example).
- Subscribers only read.
If you’re part of the SIG and need a certain role, let us know. The ARGology admin email is email@example.com (Or, if you’re on the SIG mailing list, you probably know who to contact.) You can either create your user account and then have it set to a different role, or we can create your user account for you.
If you look to your right, you should notice some new links on the sidebar. Chief among those are a Wiki and a Forum. Feel free to explore those.
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