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Week 4 Overview and Activities

This week, we are looking at ARGs and also features that can be part of an ARG or stand-alone game project. So we'll be discussing mysteries, puzzles and scavenger hunts.

Week 4 Overview Video Week 4 Slideshare

Unfiction by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

But to start, let's take a look at the Gamer Disposition. It will also be the topic of this week's tweetchat on Wednesday 7 pm MT.

John Seely Brown and Thomas Douglas' HBR article - The Gamer Disposition.

They are bottom-line oriented.
They understand the power of diversity.
They thrive on change.
They see learning as fun.
They marinate on the "edge."

PBS Extended Interview with John Seely Brown - New Learners of the 21st Century.

Those could be factors to keep in mind when designing an ARG.

For ARGs, let's start with a look at this:

Intro to ARG (Yes it's Wikipedia but a good example of Wikipedia.)

Jane McGonigal's slideshare on "How To Invent An Alternate Reality."

Here's the recording of the presentation we made on Bootstrapping..... ARG and ARGlike Examples and here is theĀ Prezi.

Educause ELI Report 7 Things You Should Know About Alternate Reality Games

It's hard to say where to start with this site. It does report on a variety of ARGs, games and transmedia projects. Could this site inform an ARG you or your students designed?

So let's start thinking about mysteries, puzzles and scavenger hunts. You can blend elements of all of these into an ARG, IF or any problem based learning assignment.

To put you in the right frame mind, I would suggest watching National Treasure 2004 with the actor Nicholas Cage or at least taking a look at this National Treasure Book of Secrets "hunt" sponsored by Disney.


Tuesday 7- 8 pm MST (Denver)
DIY: Mystery with Vasili Giannoutsos

"Who? What? Where? When? Why? The 5 Ws of the Mystery World and soon you will know the ins and outs of these burning questions. We will be going over a brief history of Mystery, showing the shakers and movers of Mystery in literature, television and film and how this translates to games. We will be talking about the kinds of Mysteries out there, and yes there are different kinds. How do we start making one? Let's talk about it! Through an audience chosen scenario we will go about the different Questions and processes to answering these questions and making Mysteries a reality for you."

Google Hangout onGames MOOC YouTube Channel

Write Your Own Murder Mystery

Teacher Blog on Murder Mystery for a Classroom - Reads like an ARG doesn't it?

TEDTalk Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles video

Inversions - Anagram by Scott Kim includes classroom examples

Anagram maker

Discovery Education Puzzle Maker

Scott Kim puzzle blog

Scavenger Hunts
So what components of a scavenger hunt could we use to make a game or a game based project?

PBS Historical Detectives - Setting Up a Scavenger Hunt on a Site

Jane McGonigal's Find the Future - Scavenger Hunt or ARG?
Find the Future site

SCVNGR Location based game - what types of clues and puzzles could you set up using this?

Here is a lesson plan for a local history class using SCVNGR

Supplement Readings and Resources

Not specifically on ARGs but we can take a location based game and make it into an ARG, right? WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE:PLACE - BASED AUGMENTED REALITY GAMES FOR LEARNING

So ARGs - are they fringe? Take a look at this IARPA Department of Intelligence RFP.

So after you're done with these, what do you do?
Go into the Discussion Forum and get involved!

This week has several topics and a lot of material. Feel free to pick just one to focus on.

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