June 3, 2021
The Alternate Reality Gaming Network (ARGNet) is the largest and longest running news resource available for players of alternate reality games (ARGs). For many years, this site was the central hub for an affiliate network of sites that were independently owned and operated by volunteers for the enjoyment of themselves and the ARG community. In October of 2006, the site’s focus switched over to being a news network first and foremost, and will continue to operate in this facility.
Over the years, the website has played a central role in quite a few corners of the broader immersive entertainment space: Halo 2 launched I Love Bees by mailing a jar of honey to the site. The site covered the first escape room to open in North America, alongside an interview with the game’s Japanese inventor. Major figures in the entertainment industry discussed their projects, ranging from Heroes showrunner Tim Kring, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, The Sims designer Wil Wright, The Amazing Race co-creator Elise Doganieri, Dungeons and Dragons creative director Mike Selinker, Blair Witch Project co-creator Mike Monello, and Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke.
ARGNet has been featured in online outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, RTE News, Folha de Sao Paulo, Wired, Reuters, MIT Technology Review, Newsweek, MTV, CNET, The Verge, Cracked, Joystiq, Gamasutra, GameSpot, VICE, BBC5, and G4TV. Select ARGNet content was syndicated on WIRED.com’s Decode blog from 2010-2014.
The site is currently run by Michael Andersen.