Alternate Reality Games, or ARGs, are interactive storytelling devices that make use of the real-world interaction devices and media to add realism in order to help tell a story, which may be altered by 'participant' action. Well-known ARGs are include Halo's I Love Bees , A.I.'s The Beast, The Blair Witch Project, The Potatofools ARG, Team Fortress 2 Update ARGs and Cloverfield's internet campaign.
In the Slenderman universe, videomakers use their series' YouTube channels as a way for interaction. These series are referred to as ARGs. The use of Twitter accounts, mail, and Ustream is also included in Slenderman ARGs. EverymanHYBRID is the most active in using other-than-Youtube mediums and fan interaction.
Actions within the ARG narrative are referred to as IG, or In Game. Following the popularity of MarbleHornets, many Slenderblogs were created- that is, blog-based ARGs or narratives. A list of those can be found on the Slenderblog page.
Most ARG's pose complete ignorance to the pop-culture or internet awareness of Slender Man , not even aware that such a being is so widely researched. As such, many ARG characters refer to Slender Man as simply "That Man" or "That Thing". Few ARGs reveal having previous knowledge of Slender Man. Those that do are usually because of pop-culture references and will refer to him as Slender Man accordingly.
Many, if not ALL of typical ARG's are not actually ARG's, but rather ARE's (Alternate Reality Experiences). As the mythos has grown, most users have mistaken ARE's and Vlogs for ARG's, and as such a user might not be able identifiy the difference.
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Series with more than 100,000 views
- Paranormal Investigations
- Willow Addler
- Akoolstick (Collection of The Seven Trials of HABIT videos)
- MyDarkJournal (//91) (New video entitled "easier said than done")
Series with 50,000 - 100,000 views
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