Alternate Reality Game about petroleum crisis: “World Without Oil”
May 4th, 2007

Alternate reality gamemeister Jane McGonigal announces “World WIthout Oil,” which she calls “the first alternate reality game to address a real-world problem: U.S. oil dependency. The official motto: ‘Play it – before you live it.'”

It takes literally less than 30 seconds to sign up as a game hero. I hope you’ll go sign up right now! Here’s the link.

(Signing up just gives you a unique identity in the alternate reality. It means the game will know who you are if you come back and play. Unlike other ARGs, the game won’t start emailing you or burying things in your backyard.)

Once you’re signed up, there’s lots of fun stuff to check out. The game launched on Monday, and already there are hundreds of player created documents to browse—not to mention the official ‘backstory’ created by the game’s puppet masters. The latest game updates include video footage of an underground car vandalism effort, instructions for how to throw fuel-free parties, and an eyebrow-raising transcript of the new secretary of state’s address to the nation.

But most importantly – please take 1 minute today to sign up to play and help make this experimental game project a success!

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