Joseph Wayne Matheny (born December 24, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American storytell and artist who has created works using alternate reality gaming and transmedia storytelling methods, dealing with subjects of liminality and modern myth He holds patents for prediction, recommendation and behavioral analysis algorithms and software design. He is a published author of screenplays, white papers, technology, sci-fi, marketing and gaming books. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. He is probably best known for the avant-garde work, Ong's Hat, which has been called the proto-Alternate Reality Game by academia, the mainstream and alternative media. Ong's Hat is often cited as the first ARG on many List of alternate reality games.

Alternate Reality Games | Ong’s Hat | Know Your Meme

Precursor: Ong’s Hat In the 1980s transmedia artist Joseph Matheny[2] launched the Ong’s Hat game, inspired by play-by-mail multiplayer games run by Flying Buffalo.[3] Though Ong’s Hat may not have … Continue reading Alternate Reality Games | Ong’s Hat | Know Your Meme

The Surprising Online Life of Legends – Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat

A very interesting article/review of Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat. From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Now, from the you-can-learn-something-new-every-day files, comes Michael Kinsella’s Legend-Tripping … Continue reading The Surprising Online Life of Legends – Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat

The Goldilocks Curve – Umberto Tosi

From an article about the inception of digital publishing. Link to full article here: https://authorselectric.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-goldilocks-curve-umberto-tosi.html “The creative energy of Mightywords’ self-publishers exceeded the technological innovation of the enterprise. Some of … Continue reading The Goldilocks Curve – Umberto Tosi

ARG Pioneer Joseph Matheny on the Counterculture’s Hijacking from Corporatization to QAnon

*This episode became one of the top ten most downloaded episodes of Parallax Views.  On this edition of Parallax Views, a special, previously unpublished conversation with Joseph Matheny, a pivotal … Continue reading ARG Pioneer Joseph Matheny on the Counterculture’s Hijacking from Corporatization to QAnon