Ages ago, I wrote about a CIE game – CIE meaning Central Institute for Education, a Canadian E-ARG. Well, I forgot all about it until I saw that they’ve gone into beta. I’ve signed up, and I also might sign up for a little writing job too. Why not?

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Looks like I finally have the opportunity to create an ARG(lite anyway) for Tate Kids, and it’s going to be so beyond awesome. So far, I’ve got Max on the writing team, and we’re working on bashing out the storyline for it as I type. I can’t say too much at this stage, but will fill you in with snippets.

Seriously exciting stuff.

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We got some coverage in NMA late 2007. Tate Kids NMA

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Happy New Year to all. This year is MA dissertation year, so I will be ARGing it up in 2008. I’m guessing you all got the Argnet email about new/restarting games, but if not, you can see it here.

I’m also still mulling over ideas for a Tate Kids ARG in the Jamie Kane-vein and hoping our friends at BT will sponsor us, so if anyone has any thoughts on this, get in touch.

Also, Mind Candy have released their Beta of Moshi Monsters which is shaping up well, methinks, and we’ll be thinking of ways we can work together this year. All very exciting.

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I’ve been invited to speak at the Media Network conference at St Hilda’s college in Oxford in a session about educational writing. Saturday 12th April 2008. Details sketchy at the moment, but once I know more, I’ll be back.

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These games are hilarious – viral marketeers take note!

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Check this out, friends. This was the not-for-profit game Adrian was cryptically talking about when he emailed me all those months ago. If you are simply too lazy to click the link, basically it’s a competition to create a game that helps the work of Cancer Research. If you win, you get funding to design your game and Hon et al will support you.

 How freaking wicked is this – arrgh, simply too cool.

 Who wants to help me come up with an idea…I will obviously share the kudos – and I need a team of three people…

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My course buddy (and sometime colleague) Sai very helpfully sent me the link this article today from Futurelab about the potential of ARGs in an educational context. How very apt, I here you all cry. I concur. Especially as I have firmly decided to do it for my dissertation. Actually, its not a dissertation any more, it’s a report of between 9,000 – 10,000 words. In case you are interested this academic year I’m also doing Children’s Media Culture and Learning in Galleries: Engaging with Visual Culture.  Should be a good way to end the MA methinks.

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This is the National Curriculum frame work for Art and Design at KS1 and KS2. To be used when thinking of topics for activities for TK

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For future reference:

“Kids aspire to be older than they are at whatever age because, early in life, they recognize their position on the lower rungs of the social ladder. Hence retailers, like Borders, design spaces that encode both aspiration to older, more autonomous identities and distance from younger, undesirable selves. Any savvy package designer knows that a child’s product, if it is to have any chance on the market, must appear to appeal to the age group just older than the intended end-user. Something intended for a six-year-old boy will probably not do well if a six-year-old is pictured on it—better an eight-year-old.”

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Yeah that is so true – I was reading Just 17 when I was 11 and was reading 19 at 13.

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