Time is a flat circle.

Started my game writing/design career in alternate reality games (ARGs) & then was subjected to a harassment campaign

& I'm featured in @krveale's book about how such campaigns function like ARGs

(so far it's a very good book)

(I was trying to find a quote about ARGs last night and discovered this)
And honestly my first reaction was a weird sort of grief:
that the very thing that got me interested in interactive narrative and, I believe, reached a level of both narrative sophistication and human intimacy that's still light years ahead of anything most games are doing today is now a playbook for the worst of the internet
I do want to note, however, that Back In The Day I was talking about how the attraction of ARGs had as much to do with an unmet need for ritual and religious experience as it did games...
...and now I'm talking about how we're not going to be able to deal with Qanon until we're willing to understand it as evangelicalism made palatable to atheists.

Truly, time is a flat circle.

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