Last night I attended a networking event at insync in 01zeroone, which is the basement of Westminster Kingsway college. They hold free events for industry types from all kinds of media, but with a digital focus.
Last night we were workshopping the key challenges and some solutions for a junta involved in building an ARG for the London Games Festival fringe. It was the fringe that really started me blogging in earnest at about this time last year when I heard Pat Kane talk on his ideas about th eso I has a special place in my heart (elsewhere in the “blogosphere”).
All the usual gaming luminaries were there (eg Dan Hon, Adrian Hon and Paul Bennan) and it was great fun and hopefully I will be getting involved in the labs to fully develop the storyline and gameplay.
The net provides opportunities for multi player games and alternate universes like never before. Team new platforms with old expressions like the work of Punchdrunk Theatre or the kind of games I helped create for the Hide and Seek Pervasive gaming festival back in May and you have a fantastic world that is as large or as small as your engagement with it.
Tim Wright believes that these kinds of games will be the key cultural expression of the 21st Century. I’m inclined to agree.