Building social commmunities around alternate reality games

Panagiotis Petridis*, Ian Dunwell, Sylvester Arnab, Simon Scarle, Adam Qureshi, Sara De Freitas, Aristidis Protopsaltis, Kam Star

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Abstract

In recent years, alternate reality games have entered the mainstream as a new form of entertainment. The Living Stories project is the first alternate reality game in the UK, which addresses environmental issues. Living Stories combines social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter with Second Life, to create a platform, which allows social networking to feed into content creation within a virtual world, and facilitate and encourage real-world behaviour through virtual rewards. The project is funded by Interactive Digital Media IDM, as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Eden Project, Coventry University Serious Games Institute and PlayGen Ltd. The aim of this project is twofold: firstly to engage new visitors and to extend the Eden experience beyond the actual visits, and secondly to increase user participation amongst groups that do not traditionally visit Eden Project. In this paper we describe the unique technical and pedagogic challenges addressed when creating this platform and consider how the state-of-the-art in alternate reality gaming can be applied in an educational ('serious') context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 3rd International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2011
Pages76-83
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 3rd International Conferenceon Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2011 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 May 20116 May 2011

Conference

Conference2011 3rd International Conferenceon Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2011
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period4/05/116/05/11

Keywords

  • Alternate reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Serious games

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    Petridis, P., Dunwell, I., Arnab, S., Scarle, S., Qureshi, A., De Freitas, S., Protopsaltis, A., & Star, K. (2011). Building social commmunities around alternate reality games. In Proceedings - 2011 3rd International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2011 (pp. 76-83). [5962106] https://doi.org/10.1109/VS-GAMES.2011.17