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December 17, 2007

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Pete

The problem with ARGs has always seemed, to me, that they seem to require so much EFFORT. So often you have to FIND the game before you can even play it. All very intruiging to watch unfold, but being arsed jumping in yourself? I think you've got to be a special kind of person to be honest. I don't mean that derisively, I just genuinely think they'll remain niche novelties while they continue to strive towards quirkiness. It only makes it harder to explain the appeal for those who do enjoy them.

rose

You don't see the idea of delivering information through a phone put into a cake as novel?

Lovek

The problem with [the Internet|movies|TV|books] has always seemed, to me, that they seems to require so much EFFORT. So often you have to FIND the [site|film|show|book] before you can even visit it. All very intruiging to watch unfold, but being arsed jumping in yourself? I think you've got to be a special kind of person to be honest. I don't mean that derisively, I just genuinely think it'll remain a niche novelties while they continue to strive towards quirkiness. It only makes it harder to explain the appeal for those who do enjoy them.

Brian Clark

Alice, I think this is a really important topic, one that is going to ruffle feathers but is still important to think about and a valid avenue of critique. In the experience design, there are a bunch of different kinds of experiences happening.

That said, cakes with phones in them are pretty cool. Players with phones from the Joker that he might use in a future device could be very cool. If you think of ways to get a telephone to a player from the Joker, baked inside cakes is a pretty nifty idea.

I get the nuance of the criticism though: it would be sad if ARGs were viewed just as a form of stunt marketing. Some of the coverage of the DK event would use "game" and "hoax sites" as synonyms. I'd hate for the general public to view ARG as a subset of marketing instead of entertainment.

BASSsic

The only ARG I ever really got was TINP. It kept things pretty much to a website, and was based on complex logic puzzles, often based on history or litrature. It didn't really go other the top with the real world egg hunts and viral stuff. I can't even remember how I found it. I remember how SCARY the website was, when first browsing it and unlocking it's first few secrets. It had this creepy and oppressive tone, with just a few simple images and sound files. I was always worried something would creep out from the source code or hidden images like something from The Ring. Mainly though I liked the people that were involved. Hmmm, I miss those people. I wonder if I could get a TINP Forum Reunion, going.

Anyway, other than that, I don't like ARGs. It'll always turn out to be be advertising now.

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