In episode 12 of Social Change Technology Dr Burcu Bakioglu (Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media at Lawrence University) returns to talk to Andrea Phillips the award-winning transmedia writer, Alternate Reality Game designer and author.
This podcast focuses on some of the fascinating ethical and legal issues brought about by ARGs (Alternate Reality Games). What makes ARGs unique is that they are played out in the physical world but they inhabit a conceptual spaces that not only sits somewhere between fiction and reality but actively blurs the boundaries between the two. In the podcast Andrea draws on case studies of actual ARGs to ask - can you sign a friend up for a game that might make them feel threatened? Should players every be asked to break real-world rules, if so, which ones? And, if you listen to your lawyers and add a legal disclaimer to every part of your game – is the fiction shattered, ruining the game for everyone? http://www.virtualpolicy.net/sct012.html