Cross Media & Alternate Reality Gaming Workshop
The workshop was initiated and coached by Jensen Dehaes (Wisper vzw). Participants of the workshop were Jo Cleykens, Jiri Heitlager, Walter Langelaar, Bruno De Bondt, Jeroen Neus, Edwin Uytenbroek and me.
An ARG is a cross media game that deliberately blurs the line between the in-game and out-of-game experiences. ARGs are typified by involving the players with the story and its characters, by encouraging them to explore the story, solve plot based challenges, and interact with game characters. ARGs can be delivered via websites, email, telephones, or any other means of communication, which is available to the players.
Our own game concept CHUBA is a bit different from typical ARGs. It is actually a Hide-and-seek game with a real puppet (that I sew myself !!). One player has to hide Chuba (the puppet) and give hints about its whereabouts on the game’s website (http://chuba.org). When another player finds Chuba, it is his turn to hide it again. During the open day of CARGO on February the 4th children will get the opportunity to play it.