Monday, 13 January 2014

An alternate reality game (ARG)

An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive networked story that employs the real world as a platform and uses transmedia storytelling to bring a story that may be changed by participants' ideas or actions.

The form is described by powerful player participation with a story that takes place in real-time and builds up according to participants' replies. Later, it is shaped by characters that are keenly controlled by the game's designers, in place of being controlled by artificial intelligence as in a computer or console video game. Players interrelate frankly with characters in the game, crack plot-based challenges and puzzles, and collaborate as a community to examine the story and manage real-life and online activities. ARGs usually use multimedia, such as telephones, email and mail but rely on the Internet as the central binding medium.

ARGs are rising in fame, with new games emerging frequently and a growing amount of experimentation with new models and subgenres. They tend to be free to play, with costs absorbed either through supporting products or through promotional relationships with accessible products. However, pay-to-play models are not unique.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Alternate reality game

An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform and uses transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by participants' ideas or actions.

The form is defined by intense player involvement with a story that takes place in real-time and evolves according to participants' responses. Subsequently, it is shaped by characters that are actively controlled by the game's designers, as opposed to being controlled by artificial intelligence as in a computer or console video game. Players interact directly with characters in the game, solve plot-based challenges and puzzles, and collaborate as a community to analyze the story and coordinate real-life and online activities. ARGs generally use multimedia, such as telephones, email and mail but rely on the Internet as the central binding medium.

ARGs are growing in popularity, with new games appearing regularly and an increasing amount of experimentation with new models and subgenres. They tend to be free to play, with costs absorbed either through supporting products or through promotional relationships with existing products.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Reality

In philosophy, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist.

Philosophers, mathematicians, and others ancient and modern such as Aristotle, Plato, Frege, Wittgenstein, Russell etc., have made a distinction between thought corresponding to reality, coherent abstractions, and that which cannot even be rationally thought. By contrast existence is often restricted solely to that which has physical existence or has a direct basis in it in the way that thoughts do in the brain.

Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, (only) in the mind, dreams, what is abstract, what is false, or what is fictional. The truth refers to what is real, while falsity refers to what is not. Fictions are considered not real.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Reality

In philosophy, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist, not just in the mind, or even more broadly also including what is only in the mind.

Historically, philosophers have sometimes considered reality to include nonexistent things such as "gold mountains" in a sense referred to as a subsistence, as well. By contrast existence is often restricted solely to being (compare with nature).

Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, in the mind, dreams, what is abstract, what is false, or what is fictional. To reify is to make more real, and to abstract is the opposite. The truth refers to what is real, while falsity refers to what is not. Fictions are not considered real.