Transmedia Thoughts to Come

Between the digitalbookworld talk I had with very smart people last Tuesday and spending a couple of days talking to equally smart people at ARGfest, I have a lot of thoughts about transmedia, games, writing, and how they all intersect swimming around in my head. So, over the next few days I’ll likely be making posts about some of the stuff I’m thinking about, once I get it all sorted out in my head. I’ll put them all in their own category for easy reference (“Transmedia Thoughts”).

But what is “transmedia”? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure – like many buzzwords, I’ve seen it used a lot of different ways by a lot of different people. It seems the intersection revolves around telling a story (interactive or otherwise, but mostly interactive) that is conveyed through more than one media. The scale of the story is where the questioning comes in, and sometimes transmedia is applied to a whole world rather than a specific story, but since there isn’t even a common definition of role-playing games, I’m not going to worry overmuch about it. The key to a lot of my thoughts are the use of multiple media in a cohesive experience and the application of interactivity in that experience. Since that’s a lot of what I do on a daily basis, I have a lot of interest in the topic, and therefore a lot of thoughts to share.

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