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SXSW 2008: Jane McGonigal Keynote

Tuesday Keynote: Jane McGonigal Room A Tuesday, March 11th 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Jane McGonigal   Creative Dir,   Avant Game  Jane McGonigal Start with a video trailer of The Lost Ring ARG. “Please, I need your help – I can’t do this alone” [the standard call to action of an ARG these days] So I […]

Why aren’t there more ARG/MMOG crossovers?

That’s what Raph asks, and interestingly (and annoyingly predictably), the conversation soon strays into the “ARGs must pretend that they’re not a game” mentality. Here’s what I said: There should be, and I think we’ll see more (soon, probably) marriages of ARGs and MMOs, but that’s to say that the ARG genre as it stands […]

Play/Time – ARG Games lab

Brother of mine and I are working with Unexpected Media and Play/Time to put together an ARG Games Lab. Here’s what Frank’s got to say about the lab: Over four days between October 22nd and 26th, twenty creative professionals artists, writers, developers and producers from backgrounds in theatre, video-games, animation, web design, tv and radio […]

SXSW 2008 – Stories, Games and Your Brand

I’ve been invited to take part in a panel for next year’s SXSW, Stories, Games and Your Brand by my good friend Rachel Clarke, of Behind the Buzz. Here’s the blurb for the panel: A look at how interactive gaming, storytelling and puzzles can engage users with your brand. Movie and TV producers are increasingly […]

Me on ARGs at the PSFK Conference London

Just a quick note to say that the fine folks at PSFK have put up their notes and video of a talk I did about a month ago at the PSFK London conference. It’s only half an hour long, so even if you skip the boring bits it shouldn’t take too long to slog through […]

Cheltenham Science Festival tomorrow night

I completely forgot to post a reminder about this ahead of time – the night before (only just) isn’t really enough warning, but at least I did post about the talk I’m doing at the Cheltenham Science Festival about a month ago. Anyway: I’ll be speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival this year at Virtually […]

PSFK Conference London

I gave a short talk about ARGs and Perplex City at the PSFK London Conference last Friday (1 June 2007). It was one of the shortest talks that I’ve ever done – only about 30 minutes – and as with most talks where the majority of the audience is unfamiliar with ARGs, one where the […]

More moving on

Some posts from the ex-Mind Candy ARG team: Adrian‘s post Andrea‘s post Naomi‘s post David‘s post

Perplex City, aloha

My brother Adrian is also moving on from Mind Candy. The two of us have talked about what we might do next, and I imagine that we’ll be talking about it as soon as we’ve figured out what it is. I think it’s fair to say, though, that we share some interests.

SXSW 2007 – ARG! The Attack of the Alternate Reality Games Transcript

ARG! The Attack of the Alternate Reality Games Room 9C Saturday, March 10th 2007 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Part game, story and treasure hunt, alternate reality games introduce people to a world of creative play, skywriting, online games, phone calls, radio broadcasts, secret websites, blogs, texts, coded adverts, emails, hidden audio files and helicopter […]