What Makes a Good ARG?

Points
Up to 85

Abstract
Forthcoming

Requirements
– Complete all L1 assignments
– Complete L2 Expositing Play Strategies or L2 Current Trends Paper
– Complete L4 Reskinning w/Rhetorical Intent or L4 Game(r) Guide

Completion
To complete this assignment, students must produce a short paper (400-600 words) that identifies and explains the key elements in a good (or successful) Alternate Reality Game. These elements can range from game type, environment, contexts, technologies, and players/audience, among others.

Diamond Reward
Students who successfully complete this assignment will earn +1 course diamond.

Assignment Description
Students will do some exploratory work to figure out, in their view, what are the core criteria for a good alternate reality game. There are, of course, general guidelines and rules to ARGS… [more description forthcoming]

Once students have determined the values that constitute a compelling ARG, they will then need to compose a short paper that introduces these metrics, explain what they are/how they work as a form of assessment, and then help us understand why they matter in the context of ARG evaluation.

Note: The criteria established here will be used in part by the instructor in his/her evaluation of your L6 Game/ARG project.

Evaluation
These papers will be evaluated in terms of their written quality, their ability to identify and articulate key criteria for evaluating ARGs, the significance of the criteria identified, and the overall flow and readability of the text.

Goals
The goal of this assignment is to help students determine the qualities of a successful ARG and then to establish the basic criteria by which they want their own ARGs to be evaluated. Further, this helps students identify key features of different types of representation and to synthesize those elements into a valuable heuristic.

Instant Assignment Completion
No IAC available

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