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Patrick Jagoda

Patrick Jagoda is Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English at the University of Chicago. He specializes in media studies, 20th and 21st-century American culture, and digital game theory and design. He is the author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification (U Chicago Press, 2020) and Network Aesthetics (U Chicago Press, 2016), and co-author of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT, 2016). He is co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and Transmedia Story Lab, and serves as executive editor of Critical Inquiry. He is also a member of the Fourcast Lab, which has created a number of alternate reality games, including the parasite (2017), Terrarium (2019), A Labyrinth (2020), and ECHO (2020).

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Alternate World Design During the Pandemic and Beyond
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Alternate World Design During the Pandemic and Beyond

11 February 2021

Heidi Coleman and Patrick Jagoda discuss alternate reality games (ARG) as a means of motivating audiences to take action, what goes into creating ARGs, game-based improvisation, and more.

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​ ​An​ ​Alternate​ ​Reality​ ​Game​ ​for​ ​Orientation

7 January 2018

For Orientation at the UChicago 2017, an alternate reality game was created by faculty, designers, and students that engaged social media, virtual reality and real life to encourage students to explore campus and build relationships with one another.