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11:40pm on Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016:
About 10 or 15 years ago, "Alternate Reality Games" were a big thing. These are the kind of games that are played out in the real world as if they were real, so there'll be puzzles to solve, newspaper adverts, mysterious phone calls in the night, web pages with information hidden in the HTML comments, that kind of thing. They never really took off as they don't scale and it's hard to make money from them. Also, nowadays AR means "Augmented Reality" rather than "Alternate Reality", so it's a confusing acronym.
All this means I can now throw away my idea for a novel in which an ARG is set up to solve a real puzzle faked up as an invented one, so that a game designer can get the players to work out who abducted his child and hunt them down.
Probably been done anyway...
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