Alternate Reality Games as Inventions
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Games are a universal part of human experience and are present in all cultures. Characteristics of a game include goals, rules, competition, and interaction (Huizinga 1955; Ifenthaler et al. 2012). Serious games are entertaining and interactive learning environments including a purposeful curricular focus (Ritterfeld et al. 2009). Alternate reality games, or ARGs, represent an innovative game genre that requires use of the Internet yet imports other media and methods of communication to facilitate play (Szulborski 2005).
Serious games have emerged as “a new form for education and training” (de Freitas and Liarokapis 2011, p. 9). In fact, the innovations of serious games have such great consequence that they envision them to be capable of providing “a paradigm shift in how education and training are delivered in the twenty-first century” (de Freitas and Liarokapis 2011, p. 9)....
KeywordsLearn Management System Alternate Reality Digital Game Interactive Learning Environment Game Participation
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