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  A ‘Second Life’ ARG Under My Nose  
Posted 2005-06-12 by Tony Walsh
Someone has used Clickable Culture to communicate a clue for an upcoming Alternate Reality Game involving Second Life, according to and ARGTalk. The intrepid sleuths at Unfiction have deciphered enough of the clues to make a solid connection between Second Life and the ARG, so it looks like this may be the first virtual-world alternate reality game ever mounted.

I can confirm Unfiction's findings via an article at Clickable Culture posted in April about the lineup for this year's Second Life Game Developer Competition. SL resident Gary Bukowski's game "EVA" promised to "cross" realities. I commented then that "I'm pretty sure we're looking at an ARG-style game that combines virtual and alternate realities," and it looks like I was dead on.

The choice of Clickable Culture as a clue-drop is an interesting one, not only because I've covered Second Life for over a year, but also because I've worked on a commercial ARG in the past and have covered the odd bit of Alternate Reality Gaming culture. In bringing the clue to my door, the makers of EVA have ensured relatively quick and significant exposure, as well as captured my attention. You can count on more news about EVA in the weeks to come.
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Comment posted by blackmylar
June 15, 2005 @ 12:15 am
In case you or anyone else is interested I'm following along (getting sucked into) EVA on my blog at
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