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K-State Today Student Edition

April 15, 2013



Alternate reality game pilot based on 'Ready Player One' on April 17

By Rosemary Talab

Come and learn about an alternate reality game pilot designed by iTAC and K-State Libraries from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in 342 Bluemont Hall.

The game uses a narrative structure to draw players through a variety of physical and digital spaces. The game encourages players to discover and utilize library resources within the context of the game, generating fluency in library systems, places and platforms.

Ben Ward, instructional designer; Joelle Pitts, instructional design librarian; and Daniel Ireton, undergraduate and community services librarian, will be the presenters.

This game is based on the Kansas State Book Network 2013 book, "Ready Player One." All incoming freshmen receive a free copy of the book. They are strongly encouraged to read it. There are a number of tie-in events over the course of the fall semester to create a sense of community among freshmen.

An alternate reality game being designed will use the story of "Ready Player One" to increase the participation of students in the library and other campus events that are tied to this book.

The K-State gaming and virtual environment group welcomes all who wish to attend. Its purpose is to share research, grants and projects on these topics.