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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:19:22 -0400
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***Call for Papers***

First International Workshop on New Narrative Frontiers
8th November 2011, Lisbon Portugal
ACM ACE conference,

Submissions due by 15th September 2011

Over the last decade, ludologists and game designers have introduced new kinds of pervasive games that merge action and interaction on the screen with that in the wider world. As part of this trend, Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), which involve interactive stories in which the audience plays the part of a crucial character, have emerged as a distinct genre. In such games, collective audience decisions and actions drive the narrative, resolve puzzles, progress the story and ultimately achieve resolutions and conclusions. Prominent examples of ARGs include "I love bees", which supported the launch of Microsoft's Halo 2, and the "Lost Experience" based around the Lost TV show. The goal of this workshop is to open up the discussion between academics, artists, game designers, writers, filmmakers and industry (entertainment and production companies) regarding design principles and aesthetics of this exciting new entertainment genre. 

1) Elaborate on and generate new approaches for design of ARGs.

2) Explore the challenges of designing for this new form of multi-channel narrative and elaborate on the specific aspects and qualities of the different media forms involved.

3) Create a tools and applications for a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners to test, evaluate and design of ARGs.

4)Discuss culturally specific aspects of the ARGs experiences in order to deepen our understanding of this kind of entertainment.

Authors are asked to submit position papers of 4-6 pages on the above and related topics. Papers will be selected for the relevance and timeliness. Papers should be in the ACM Extended Abstracts format. Accepted authors must commit to attending the workshop. The workshop will focus around initial presentation of position papers before moving on to discussion of wider issues to establish the future research direction of the area.

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Key Dates

Submission: September 15th, 2011
Notification: September 31st, 2011
Workshop Date: November 8th, 2011

Organising Committee

Valentina Nisi, University of Madeira, Portugal 
Chris Klug, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ian Oakley, University of Madeira, Portugal 

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