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Entries from April 2008

Teaching ARG Design to teenagers

April 29th, 2008 · 15 Comments

The vision: Eager teens, listening quietly and attentively as I led a discussion about alternate reality games.
The reality: Thirty seconds into my prepared spiel, there were four hands waving in the air and the kids at the back were already talking. “Oh boy,” I thought, hoping to make a quantum leap out of here, but [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · edu · games

Creating ‘The (Former) General’

April 22nd, 2008 · 14 Comments

I love all the stories in We Tell Stories, but I do have favourites. Back when we were planning the six week schedule for the stories, we decided to structure it like an album – start with a bang, and end with a bang.
The first story was The 21 Steps by Charles Cumming. It was [...]

Tags: arg · book · games · writing

Consuming Passions, Part One

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Consuming Passions by Judith Flanders has to be one of the most information-dense books I have ever read. I’m used to blasting through novels in a few hours, but despite finding Consuming Passions extremely interesting, I’ve barely been able to get halfway through its 500 pages after at least a dozen hours.
The book tells the [...]

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Tip of the Tongue

April 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

A phenomenon well-known by psychologists, and pretty much everyone else, is called ‘tip of the tongue’, and it’s described in this American Scientist article:
When we have something to say, we first retrieve the correct words from memory, then execute the steps for producing the word. When these cognitive processes don’t mesh smoothly, conversation stops.
Suppose you [...]

Tags: future · neuro · psych · spec