What is probably the world’s first sock-based ARG. Designed by Jim Babb, another student from last year’s Game Design 2 course. In Jim’s own words “Socks Incorporated is about creating an avatar, a.k.a. a sock puppet, and telling a story together. The player follows the main character’s narrative while simultaneously participating in their own. The nature of the sock puppet avatar (a character brought to life by your hand) allows the player to experience real-world play without the fear of embarrassment or the limits of social conformities. Best of all, it’s free to play!”
Socks Inc. was actually Jim’s final project for my class and was a 2010 IndieCade finalist. Socks was recently given some recognition in the Wall Street Journal and you can keep up with the project on the Facebook page. To get more details check out Jim’s interview on G4 (jump ahead to about 1:40).
Jim is a super creative guy and I guarantee you’ll enjoy the game when it officially launches on socksinc.com in April.