The MCN Alternate Reality Game

Scheduled:

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 1:00am - Sat, 11/19/2011 - 1:00pm
Track:
Room: tbd...

Submitter(s):

  1. Name: Nettrice R. Gaskins
    Title: Digital Media Ph.D. candidate
    Organization: Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract:

Play the MCN 2011 ARG! The game industry has been exploring new technology approaches that give them the agility to cross platform boundaries and lower the barriers of entry, thus facilitating widespread adoption by people. This year the MCN conference attendees are invited to experience these new developments through an on-site Alternate Reality Game (ARG) as a collaboration between conference coordinators and staff and local gaming experts. A companion half-day workshop on Wednesday will guide participants through the steps to create their own games, and the game will be played throughout the Conference.

Session Description:

The game industry has been exploring new technology approaches that gives them the agility to cross platform boundaries and lower the barriers of entry making it important for adoption by more people. This year the MCN conference attendees are invited to experience these new developments through an on-site Alternate Reality Game (ARG) as a collaboration between conference coordinators and staff and local gaming experts.  A companion half-day workshop on Wednesday will guide participants through the steps to create their own games.

Alternate reality games (ARGs) are interactive forms of digital storytelling that use the real world as a stage, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell stories that may be affected by participants' ideas or actions.   For the MCN conference participants will play an ARG scavenger hunt to find clues at the physical conference site and online. Participants will sign up and join teams to look for clues by following Twitter and via mobile tagging which is the process of providing data on mobile devices, commonly through the use of web page links or URLs encoded in a two-dimensional (QR) barcode, meant to be read and inputted using a mobile, or smart device (with a camera) like an iPhone.

The winning team will be announced at the conference and may even receive a prize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session Info

  • Type: Other
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  • Relevance: This activity is for all conference attendees to learn and join in a participatory game using new media technologies and activities that visitors might engage in at museums.