Over on BoingBoing, Douglas Rushkoff wrote a description of a new alternate reality game that ties into the story of a graphic novel he was involved with. Part of his description:
So people might follow my characters through a series of graphic novels, and learn something about them that they can then use in the games, or an artifact they find in the game might help them decode something in the comics. And even the ARG that people are beginning to play right now – through which they are “finding the others,” and forging coalitions with other gamers in their own parts of the world to solve certain challenges – is a set-up for the bigger game, where these larger groups will be responsible for various aspects of the coming war.
Why, oh why, oh why can’t we find a way to work this kind of experience into writing classes? (No really, why?)
So Disney purchased Marvel, and the rights to all of its 5,000 (!) characters, for $4 billion. This gives me two fears:
- That Marvel fans are going to see a steep rise in the number of cease and desist letters for uses that really should qualify as fair use. (It might be nothing, but the first option for a Google search for marvel fan fiction leads to a site–marvelfanfiction.com–that no longer exists. Coincidence? Probably.) Hopefully website owners and creative remixers are prepared to band together the way Harry Potter fans did a few years back. (By the way, I’m speaking with no knowledge of Marvel’s history of super-strictly defending its intellectual property from people celebrating their love for it. Maybe they’ve played mean themselves too?)
- That we’ll soon see videos like this one, but with the Incredible Hulk or Wolverine playing Baloo the bear and Spiderman playing King Louie: