TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: I Love Bees Game a Surprise Hit

I Love Bees Game a Surprise Hit

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 24 Oct 2004 03:00:10 -0400

By Daniel Terdiman

Following Wednesday's third presidential debate, an out-of-place
poster with a large cartoon image of a grinning bee appeared on the
wall of a room packed with spinmeisters brandishing Bush-Cheney and
Kerry-Edwards signs.

Most people who saw it on CNN that night probably didn't even notice
it, but fans of a game called I Love Bees knew it was a shout out to
them from a team of the game's players at Arizona State University,
the site of that evening's debate.

I Love Bees is the latest and perhaps most ambitious of the growing
genre known as alternate-reality games. In it, widely dispersed
players coordinate to find and answer thousands of ringing pay phones
all across the United States and provide correct answers to recorded

When all the answers have been supplied, the latest episode in an
internet-based War of the Worlds -esque radio serial is unlocked and
made available to its rabid fans.,1284,65365,00.html

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