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With some of the best learning theory around, the ARIS platform was developed by educational game designers at the UW-Madison with a civic bent. It is both a tool for creating location-based stories, and a growing community. The iPhone download is freely available, and more than 120 games have been made. Several academic papers are also available. The open-source platform supports GPS, QR codes and embedded multimedia.
ARIS is short for Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling. The platform is an authoring tool as well as an iPhone application that work together to create what its designers call "mobile, locative, narrative-centric, interactive experiences."
They add, "As a design response to a number of theories and examples from various disciplines of learning science, curriculum studies, media studies, contemporary social media and game design, it serves a complex continuum of user-designers including artists, teachers, students, administrators and researchers who each use it in a different capacity ranging from a rapid prototyping tool for interactive stories to a mobile scientific data collection tool."
Video explaining ARIS by its creators:
Images are thanks to ARIS/Jim Matthews.
Game OverviewARIS is a platform for creating location-based games and interactive stories for the iPhone.
Game DeveloperUW Madison
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