An interdisciplinary team at the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Waterloo has just launched a new “transmedia game” or “alternate reality game” about the culture of finance and the recent economic crisis. The game, called Speculation, is being directed by Katherine Hayles (Duke), Patrick Jagoda (UChicago), and Patrick LeMieux (Duke). Transmedia games are an emergent art form and storytelling practice that taps into contemporary convergence culture. The most recent trailer can be found at vimeo.com/39947942. That trailer leads to the main game site at speculat1on.net/. Players can also follow updates on Facebook by friending Nex Noitaluceps.
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Dr. Edmond Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University. His areas of research include technoculture, race/gender/sexuality, video games, RPGs, and LARP, feminist media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and 20/21C American literature. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on queer American literature, speculative literature of color, virtual worlds, games, and writing. Recent publications include “Drawing the Oankali: Imagining Race, Gender, and the Posthuman in Octavia Butler’s Dawn” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler, “Playing as Making” in Disrupting Digital Humanities, and “Queergaming” in Queer Game Studies. He is completing his first book on algorithmic queerness and digital games tentatively entitled Queerness Cannot Be Designed. View all posts by edmondchang