Dave Szulborski

Dave Szulborski: World’s Most Prolific ARG Developer

by Joseph Matheny January 24, 2012 ARG

My late friend , writing partner and contributor to this very site, Dave Szulborski, has been named as the World’s Most Prolific ARG Developer by Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition. “Between 2001 and 2008, pioneering American game designer Dave Szulborski (1957-2009) worked on a total of 13 major ARGs, starting with “Majestic”, EA’s attempt to create an […]

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ARGs in the Real World

by Dave Szulborski September 22, 2007 ARG
Embrace the Chaos

ARGs in the Real World Upcoming Special ARG Events You Don’t Want to Miss Dave Szulborski I’m taking a brief break before finishing up the Dark Side of Alternate Reality Games series to let you know about a couple of very special ARG events coming up in the near future. If you truly …Related PostsThe […]

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The Hidden Elements

by Dave Szulborski September 15, 2007 ARG

In my two previous entries on the subject I’ve tried to dispel some of the misconceptions about the ”Dark Side of Alternate Reality Games”, including the beliefs that they are inherently: a) evil, b) mind control exercises, c) hoaxes, d) corporate funded marketing campaigns, or e) any combination of the above.

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Myths and Misconceptions

by Dave Szulborski September 1, 2007 alternate reality games

In continuing on with this “expose” about the Dark Side of Alternate Reality Games, let’s begin by addressing that little gem of wisdom quoted above. It’s full of enough misconceptions to easily fill up another column. So let’s look at some of the stated and implied meanings about ARGs in the quote, and see how they hold up to a few facts and exposure to the truth.

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The Blame Game

by Dave Szulborski August 25, 2007 ARG

It’s finally happened.

In some ways, I’m surprised it took so long.

Someone has at last discovered the darker side and true hidden purpose of Alternate Reality Games.

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The Rise of the ARG

by Dave Szulborski August 18, 2007 ARG
01-18-08 ARG for new J.J. Abrams movie

The Rise of the ARG Alternate Reality Games are Everywhere! Dave Szulborski If you haven’t been lucky enough to experience the unique thrill of immersing yourself in an Alternate Reality Game (or ARG) yet, you couldn’t pick a better time to do it than right now. ARGs are literally popping up everywhere, from major …Related […]

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Real Life Rabbit Holes

by Dave Szulborski August 11, 2007 ARG
Real Life Rabbit Holes

Real Life Rabbit Holes The World of Szukalski Dave Szulborski When I’m speaking to groups eager to know more about Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), I often begin by trying to explain how the name isn’t really a very good match to the experience offered by many ARGs. For one thing, they don’t look and …Related […]

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Living the Game

by Dave Szulborski July 28, 2007 ARG

Living the Game An Introduction to ARGs, Part 3 Dave Szulborski Last time I loosely defined ARGs as a form an interactive story, and further broke them down into their core components

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Through the Rabbit Hole

by Dave Szulborski July 24, 2007 ARG
Art of the Heist Chicago Mission

Through the Rabbit Hole An Introduction to ARGs, Part 2 Dave Szulborski In early June last year four people, brought together by nothing more than the Internet and their desire to help two strangers in dire straits solve a complex mystery, boarded a small boat in the Chicago harbor at midnight. Also on board …

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A World Made Just For You

by Dave Szulborski July 14, 2007 ARG
EA

A World Made Just For You An Introduction to ARGs, Part 1 Dave Szulborski Since I’ve already contributed a couple of very different articles, it’s probably about time I introduced myself and explained my reason for writing here on Alterati. As you can gather from the heard above, my name is Dave Szulborski, and …

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Failed Assumptions

by Dave Szulborski July 7, 2007 ARG
book cover

Failed Assumptions Or, the Purpose of the Internet. Dave Szulborski A Book Review The title of Andrew Keen’s new book, The Cult of the Amateur : How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture (2007 by Cuurency Books, a division of Doubleday ISBN 978-0-385-52080-5), makes a huge claim, one that the book itself fails to justify […]

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Creating My Reality

by Dave Szulborski June 30, 2007 alternate reality games
Art of the Heist Finale

Creating My Reality The Metaphysics of Making Alternate Reality Games Dave Szulborski Today is June 23rd, 2007. I am 50 years old today. Today minus 6 years: I’m introduced to the world of Alternate Reality Games as a beta tester in Electronics Arts’ Majestic. I am working in a dead-end job at a company which […]

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