The Scavenged is an alternative reality game (ARG) designed to engage students in a compelling story to enact an entrepreneurial mindset. Alternative reality games ask players to pretend they’re living in a carefully constructed parallel universe that can include fake websites, phones, and real objects hidden throughout the world.
The narrative is built around a science fiction narrative prompting students to collaboratively ‘save the future.’ An unidentified evil corporation and a mobile on-site clean-up crew is transporting an extraterrestrial item. There is an interplay between the ‘future’ trying to help the ‘present’ prevent a horrible event. The use of a clear temporal storage box allowed for communication across timelines. The small canister players searched for contained nanites – their mission was unsuccessful and the canister is still lost – this canister will be the main thrust of Spring 2020 ARG.