An educational alternate reality game (ARG) is a social learning experience consisting of a series of scenarios that lead students to collaboratively solve puzzles and accomplish activities. As players complete each task, the game presents new scenarios and eventually takes players through an entire storyline. In an ARG, players do not play a fictitious character as they do in most videogames. Instead, players play as themselves in the storyline of a game.
Educational ARGs present a fun way to learn about practically any subject matter. In addition, the games help students develop valuable 21st century learning skills, including collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Another great benefit of ARGs is that they are relatively inexpensive to develop compared to educational computer or video games.
Educators interested in designing their own educational ARGs can use our design framework to help guide them. One of the biggest benefits of designing ARGs is that you don’t need to be a skilled programmer or artist to create a good game because the game is primarily about good design.
Educatonal ARG Design Framework
ARG DESIGN SERVICES
Our team has designed and researched ARGs for nearly a decade ever since they started to become popular in mainstream entertainment, especially as marketing activities for movies and television. Our educational alternate reality game designs include:
Dollar Decisions is an educational alternate reality game for young adults to learn about making financial management decisions on investments and/or retirement planning. The game is part of a research project at North Carolina State University about the investment and retirement planning decisions of young adults.
United Colonies is an educational alternate reality game that was piloted at the Playmaker School in Santa Monica, CA in 2013. Students played throughout the year in an educational adventure that included symbols and clues inside and outside the classroom. United Colonies was featured at SxSWedu and the Serious Play Conference in 2014.
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Rediscovered Empathy is an educational transmedia storytelling game designed for middle and high school students. In the game, students create their own transmedia storylines about experiencing life in a specific character role, such as an immigrant farmer, a draft-eligible young adult, or a factory worker, during World War II.
Arising From Injustice
Arising From Injustice is an educational alternate reality game (ARG) in that helps students learn about U.S. history and related humanities themes, such as citizenship, civil liberties, and discrimination. In Arising From Injustice, players collaboratively solve puzzles and complete missions in order to unlock new scenarios of an overall storyline about a girl growing up in the 1940s.
Game teaser page: http://gametrainlearning.org/shoyu/arg/v04.
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