Attention Gamers! This new ARG allows you to explore history while playing. What’s an ARG you ask? If you are not familiar with Alternate Reality Games? Visit http://www.giantmice.com/features/arg-quickstart/ for a quick primer. Rediscovering Loyalty was written as research for a future academic course.
Why can’t we see more ARGs in education? Well I’m guessing you had to look up the primer, so now you know what they are and can begin to create them for your classrooms.
Rediscovering Loyalty puts YOU into a storyline in which the history of Japanese American people during World War II suddenly becomes of utmost importance to you. You will need to figure out how to apply your learning of past historical events in order to help you and your team survive through the entire game.
Rediscovering Loyalty is a team-based game that consists of a series of scenarios that lead players to collaboratively solve puzzles and accomplish activities. As players complete each task, the game presents new scenarios and eventually takes players through an entire storyline.
The game presents a fun way to learn about Japanese American history, teamwork and collaboration skills, and various Web 2.0 technologies. In addition, the game is also a social experience in which players get to know their teammates and other players – and even themselves – a little better.
The game begins August 1, 2011 and will take approximately six to eight weeks to complete. Target player age range: high school to adult. Everyone who signs up must participate (no lurking allowed).