…and we’re back

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.

Happy New Year

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.

Adrian Hon is back in the game

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…

This Is Not A Game: Alternate Reality Gaming and its potential for learning

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.

All children want to be older…just you wait – older is bollocks.

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.”

Source

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