WORLD WITHOUT OIL is a collaborative alternate reality event simulating the first 32 weeks of a global oil shock. The gamemaster set the price of fuel and level of availability for each week, and challenged players to document their lives in this new energy-deprived reality. Players responded with over 1500 in-game stories, expressed in blogs, videos, phone calls, and images, that give WORLD WITHOUT OIL compelling depth and visceral realism. A serious game for the public good, the alternate reality game is being heralded as the first to engage the collective imagination of Internet users to confront a real-world problem - our dependence on oil. Some people view such serious alternate reality games as the best way to engage vast and varied communities with shaping their collective future. WORLD WITHOUT OIL is produced by Writerguy and presented by ITVS, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Archive-It at the Internet Archive is helping WORLD WITHOUT OIL to permanently record its sprawling narrative, which in true Web 2.0 style is spread all over the Internet. The portal to the WORLD WITHOUT OIL archive is www.worldwithoutoil.org.
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