Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) What if reality were different? What if you suddenly discovered not just different customs but different rules, different rewards, wholly different aspirations – a reality in which everyday occurences were not exactly what you thought, in which certain activities suddenly took on a rich and newly meaningful sense of possibility…..
Alternate Reality Games take the substance of everyday life and weave it into narratives that layer additional meaning, depth, and interaction upon the real world . The contents of these narratives constantly intersect with actuality, but play fast and loose with fact, sometimes departing entirely from the actual or grossly warping it - yet remain inescapably interwoven. Twenty-four hours a day,seven days a week , everyone in the country can access these narratives through every available medium – at home, in the office, on the phones ; in words, in images, in sound. Modern society contains many managed narratives relating to everything from celebrity marriages to brands to political parties, which are constantly disseminated through all media for our perusal, but ARGs turn these into interactive games. Adam Martin, Tom Chatfield 2006 Alternate Reality Games White Paper - IGDA ARG SIG
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