Anyone else heard of this?

I just read my second newspaper article in the past month on “alternate reality” games, which seem to have some similarity to LARPs, and the San Jose Mercury News described them as “adventure games that straddle the line between video games and real-world entertainment.” The article in the Mercury News was discussing the game ILoveBees.  Did anyone play this or at least hear about it?  Wikipedia explains alternate reality games as “a type of game that overlaps the game world with reality, by utilizing real world media, in order to deliver an interactive narrative experience to the players — a kind of surrealism.”

Sounds interesting… apparently the company 42 Entertainment, which is based in Emeryville, is in the business of desgining and producing such games.  Maybe this is only news to me, but I can imagine people I know being intersted in both playing and creating this sort of thing.

Comments 3

  1. thefire8472 wrote:

    yes indeed… I didn’t play ILB, but I have certainly played others… even helped work on one.

    A really cool medium for interactive storytelling, substantially different from most previous techniques.

    Posted 29 Jan 2007 at 18:11
  2. spamchang wrote:

    ILB was an interesting concept, although i think it was a stretch to link it to the Haloverse. i didn’t find the link compelling enough to participate, although a LOT of other people did…

    if it’s compelling and fun, and if i have free time, i’ll join in. surreal? yup. i downloaded some of the ILB material, which was pretty interesting.

    Posted 29 Jan 2007 at 20:38
  3. semer wrote:

    Yeah, I have heard of them; there’s some book James mentioned to me that’s part of an ARG.

    Posted 30 Jan 2007 at 00:42

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