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This Is Not a Game: A Guide to Alternate Reality Gaming (2nd Digital Edition)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Imagine a world of mystery and excitement, adventure and fantasy, waiting for you to explore. A world that reacts to your every move, with characters and companies that talk to you, send you messages, and even give you items to help you in your quest. A world so immersive that you can no longer tell where the reality ends and the fiction begins. Welcome to the world of Alt ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published March 27th 2005 by Lulu.com
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Andrew
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Begins with the theory of alternative reality games, gives some detailed history (up until 2004 when the book as written), and then becomes a how to guide for creating your own ARG. The theory was interesting and gives the reader a a good solid foundation to go off and study any theoretical aspects of the genre. The section does read a little like a dissertation or a graduate thesis (I wondered through the entire book if that's where it started). The how to guide section is a little out dated, b ...more
Joy
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm so intrigued by the idea of an alternate reality game and its possible implications for the betterment of society. Szulborski first considers whether ARGs can be categorized as games by examining well accepted definitions of games. He then goes through the history of ARGs, highlighting the game "The Beast" and "I Love Bees". To help a novice game designer through the process of putting together a successful ARG, he describes his experience and shares his mistakes and triumphs. At the end, th ...more
Miles
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd never heard of Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) until a friend suggested I read this book. As someone interested in the intersection between gaming and narrative, I think the ARG world is full of promise. Dave Szulborski has written a fine introduction to this embryonic genre; his tripartite offering is a conceptual manifesto, brief history, and instruction manual wrapped into one book.

The idea that ARGs are "not games," which Szulborski refers to as the "TINAG philosophy," denotes the special
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Jason Harvey
First half of the book is a lot of attempted academic analysis of what a game is and how ARGs fit in. The second half covers the history of notable ARGs which is much more fascinating. Also covers common concepts for ARGs, and a rough overview of how to build an ARG.
Jeroen
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
good guide into alternate reality games. It gives a brief history of the genre. A little bit to much info about his own games and not enough info about how to get players.
Morbus Iff
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, games
Dated; lots to disagree with. Still required and unique.
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