Panel with The Go Game staff: they use ARGS to promote corporate team work. They call them Urban online adventures
In a typical Go game, every team has a web enabled phone and a camera. They are let loose on a town or a casino or a golf course. Some missions are scanvenger hunts, some are real people recruited via Craig’s list. Folks dress up like obvious tourists, or ninjas, and jump out at players. That kinda thing.
In other variations, a team solves a puzzle or creates something in the form of a video or a photo. E.G. In 12 minutes, recreate a famous film scene by filming your fingers as the characters.
“And people pay us for this. Woo hoo!”
“Runs with SXSWissors” creates a virtual high school, and players have to compete to graduate from Freshmen to Seniors.
Alas, I can’t play, because my cell phone is unAmerican. DOH.
From the audience questions came a plug for one I can play though: The Hat game from British game outfit Hide and Seek.
Clue: look for the people with the umbrellas. Of course, on this rainy Austin day, that could be tough.… But this looks like fun.