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Multi-University Team Launches “Alternate Reality” Game

Patrick Jagoda, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of New Media (2010-12) and Assistant Professor (beginning 2012) in the Department of English Language and Literature, is one of a trio of scholars directing a transmedia game project called Speculat1on, launched earlier this month.”Transmedia games,” also known as “alternate reality games,” are played across multiple platforms and media, providing an immersive experience that can weave itself into the player’s daily life.

According to Jagoda, “Transmedia games are an emergent art form and storytelling practice that taps into contemporary convergence culture.” Speculat1on is an eerie game about the culture of finance and the recent economic crisis. It is an immersive experience, and may have players looking over their shoulders in good-natured conspiratorial paranoia.

Jagoda directs the project with Katherine Hayles, a literature professor at Duke University, and Patrick LeMieux, a Ph.D. student in Art History and Visual Studies, also at Duke University. The interdisciplinary team is made up of participants from University of Chicago, Duke University, and University of Waterloo.

Learn more about the game at  the Speculat1on website or watch the trailer;  join the mystery by friending Nex Noitaluceps on Facebook here.

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