Cross Media Week Finally Has Cross Media!

I’ve grumbled before about how I was so disappointed to discover there was very little cross-media entertainment being represented in the programme for an event call Cross Media Week. Well, they’ve now got cross media in, and in a big way. Picnic ’06 (their preferred name now) has included the Alternate Reality Gaming Network as a ‘Network Partner’. This means 3 things: Picnic looks more cross media, ARGs will have a profile at the event and ARGN members receive special rates. As far as I can tell no-one that is part of the ARGN or any ARG creator has been asked to give a talk (I recommended some in my grumble post). Now that would be an excellent move. But anyway, I’ve had a few emails from people going. It looks like it will be fun, BUT I’m delivering a paper AOIR this year. My first paper that really discusses the core of my research. So, although Picnic does look very exciting and I would love to catch up so many amazing cross media people attending (not presenting, attending) I have to preference my academic life for this one (basically because I’ve been preferencing industry up until now!!). But what I will do however is propose to put a listing of the cross media people who will be there so you can all meet up! I think that would be great. So, if you’re going, let me know and close to the event I’ll post about you all!


Play Symphony

PLAY! A Video Game Symphony is a Symphony world-tour featuring music from blockbuster video games. The music is performed by some of the finest, world-class orchestras and choirs. All concerts take place in classy, prestigious venues. Graphics on large screens suspended above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games.

The concert tour took off in North America on May 27, 2006 in Chicago, followed by Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Mind Candy Looking for ARG Producer

Mind Candy, the producers of the persistent ARG Perplex City, are looking for an Alternate Reality Game Producer:

Key Activities

  • Designing and producing an ARG


  • Strong and imaginative story-plotting
  • Knowledge of the ARG genre and narrative-based games
  • Demonstrated experience of managing a team and running innovative projects

Desirable, but not essential

  • Writing experience
  • Familiarity with basic web design and graphics design

Details and application

Salary dependent on experience
The position will be based in Battersea, London, UK
Please send CV and covering letter with ONE description of a novel ARG concept, 500 words max, to with the subject “ARG Producer”. Applications not including the ARG concept will not be considered.

Adrian Hon, the Director of Play/Executive Producer of the company, provides some insight into Mind Candy and the role at his blog.