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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


In a recent discussion between Greg Goodfried, Immo and Impulse in response to an article on this blog, Greg asserts that the term UGC is very broad and hence includes everything from random videos to film series produced as webisodes. Perhaps we should introduce a term such as User Generated Series (UGS) to distinguish between the two.

While we are at it we might want to consider the term ARG (Alternate Reality Game) for the genre of ARG that are really driven by the video narrative with game layer(s) laid on top. Perhaps the term Alternate Reality Interactive Series (ARIS) would be more appropriate.

There are special constraints on an ARIS that do not exist for an ARG. For example, for the plot to continue a puzzle has to be solved in a given time frame in an ARIS whereas it is much more open ended in an ARG. ARIS also tends to emphasize the goal of interactivity between the viewer and the plot line of the series itself and plays down the "game" nature of the genre.

What do you think?


  1. I don't know if the acronym will live but you are absolutely correct, as always, in the distinction you make between ARG and ARIS. I keep telling people I'm not making an ARG. LOL.
    And I will go for UGS as well. I like it.

  2. I really really hate acronyms. No point to comment, just venting.


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