Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Behold: My slides from the Austin Game Conference


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Originally uploaded by Avant Game.
Back from the Austin Game Conference, where I gave a design-track lecture called "Alternate Reality Gaming: Experimental Social Structures for MMOs." The unofficial title of the talk was "Too weird for GDC." Also, the culmination of the talk was a lively 100-person game of massively multiplayer thumb wrestling. The slides are now posted here.

If you are interested in experiencing firsthand any of these lovely experimental social structures, might I suggest you get your gamer self to one of the following upcoming experimental games? I will be there to play with you at the November 5 Graveyard Game in New York City, the November 12 Graveyard Game in Atlanta, or the November 19 Graveyard Game in Los Angeles...

3 comments:

sharon goetz said...

Thanks for posting the slides! I was telling a colleague a bit about ARGs this morning, and the slides are a timely "see also"....

Nathan Regener said...

Just wanted to thank you for the talk! I enjoyed it very much. The MMTW was quite entertaining as well.

Might I also reccomend trying Wal-Mart Tag. It is a straight up game of tag, but played in a large super market or store. The key is plenty of people and no tag backs. Instead of a game of running and screaming, it becomes a game of intrigue and deception. Well, and some running and screaming. Since it is difficult to know who is "IT" at any point in time, there are a lot of great steath/trickery moments. Optional component: Someone with your party that is actually shopping, to use as the "Base" of course.

The Dancing Kids said...

totally awesome.

My only critique is that there is nary a mention of pink brassieres on any of the slides...

o_0