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|Session Name:||How Stories Create Real Experiences: Ingress as a Narrative Platform|
|Track / Format:||Game Narrative Summit|
|Overview:||Ingress from Google's Niantic Labs represents a new genre of mobile games that combine gameplay, real world exploration, and face to face social interaction with sophisticated narratives utilizing a variety of storytelling mechanisms, including YouTube videos, books, comic books, social media, and real-world actor appearances. John Hanke, founder of Niantic, will showcase examples of Ingress motivating users to perform extraordinary feats and forging deep friendships across international boundaries, as he discusses why passing the narrative reigns to players is the logical next step in moving this game genre forward.|