Game Changer Chicago

This Pacific Standard story about a Chicago high school program includes both an alternate reality story and a real-life adventure.  Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) are real life games featuring scavenger hunts and open-ended options.The Game Changer Chicago (GCC) Design Lab at UofC is focused on minority youth and was developed by an MD and a English professor and funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Most recently the Design Center brough in 140 high school students over five weeks this past summer and played The Source, featuring “a 17-year-old African American named Adia, finds a letter from her father, who disappeared when she was five.” But what happens when the kids start to believe the game is real? (What’s Real in an Alternate Reality Game?)


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