Join us for a presentation and conversation with Ken Eklund, veteran game designer and one of the pre-eminent creators of alternate reality games that blend fiction and reality in both virtual and physical communities. Ken will be sharing some of his work and ideas with the audience.
Ken's most recent project, Ed Zed Omega (http://edzedomega.org/), is a public media "authentic fiction" and "interactive documentary". Over fall semester 2012, six Zed Omega teens, played by actors, "dropped out loud" from high school -- catalyzing open discussion about the structures and purpose of traditional education and its alternatives. The arc of each Zed Omega character was unscripted: they responded to ideas from the crowd. Wired: Ed Zed Omega: Rethinking Education (http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/08/ed-zed-omega-rethinking-education)
Giskin Anomaly (http://writerguy.com/giskin/), which closed in November 2012 after a two-year run, was a cellphone adventure in historical fiction set in Balboa Park. UT San Diego: One Year of Balboa Park's Giskin Anomaly (http://www.utsandiego.com/weblogs/balboa-park/2011/nov/12/one-year-of-balboa-parks-giskin-anomaly/)
Ken was the creative director of World Without Oil (http://worldwithoutoil.org/), the first alternate reality game to engage the Internet's collective intelligence and imagination with a real world problem: a global oil shock. The serious game for the public good ran from April 30 to June 1, 2007, and has been hailed as groundbreaking work that uses a new, net-native game storytelling medium to engage mainstream audiences and spark collective learning and action. CNet:Provocative Politics in virtual games (http://news.cnet.com/Provocative-politics-in-virtual-games/2100-1043_3-6171089.html?tag=ne.gall.related)
6:30-7pm: Doors open. Socialize! Drinks provided by The Go Game, and food truck on-site. 7-7:30pm: Presentation by Ken Eklund 7:30-8pm: Q&A 8-9pm: Mingle! Hope to see you there!