This Is Not a Game: You Don't Get a Second Life

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Hukilau, Mar 5, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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THIS IS NOT A GAME is a novel built around the coolest phenomenon in the world. That phenomenon is known as the Alternate Reality Game, or ARG. It's big, and it's getting bigger. It's immersive and massively interactive, and it's spreading through the Internet at the speed of light.

To the player, the Alternate Reality Game has no boundaries. You can be standing in a parking lot, or a shopping center. A pay phone near you will ring, and on the other end will be someone demanding information. You'd better have the information handy.

ARGs combine video, text adventure, radio plays, audio, animation, improvisational theatre, graphics, and story into an immersive experience. Now, one of science fiction's most acclaimed writers, Walter Jon Williams, brings this extraordinary phenomenon to life in a pulse-pounding thriller. This is not a game. This is a novel that will blow your mind.


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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

hmm. Three stars? Four stars? Three and a half stars? I don't think this book's going to influence my life in any deep or meaningful ways, but it was a fun way to pass an evening/morning/lunch. Read full review

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User Review  - abitmorejerry - LibraryThing

Coming from an author who has written quite a bit of science fiction, I found this novel to be really disappointing. Lack of depth, a story line that could have gone much further - there were some ... Read full review


This Is Not A Game
Immersion in an Alternate Reality
Game or Interactive Story?
If Its Not a Game or an Alternate Reality What
ARG PreHistory
A Vision of the Future the Beast
A Majestic Failure?
Lockjaw Exocog and ChangeAgents Out of Control Independents Come of
Alternate Reality Games in Practice Chapter 16 Puppetmastering Picking Up the Strings
Puppetmastering Creating a Game
Puppetmastering Running a Game
This Is Not A Game
Alternate Reality Game Resources
A View From Above A Personal Reflection on Puppetmastering
Anatomy of a Puzzle

Commercial Comeback?
Chasing The Wish
MetaCortechs ARGs Reloaded
Summer Heat I Love Bees Chapter 14 David and Goliath Urban Hunt Chapter 15 The Current and Future State of Alternate Reality Games
Immersive Realities The Structure of Magic
Collaboration in Theory and Practice

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About the author (2009)

Walter Jon Williams is a New York Times bestselling author and multiple Hugo and Nebula Award nominee. He is a black belt in kenpo, an amateur chef and a scuba-diving enthusiast. Walter Jon Williams lives, with his wife, near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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