Not all the news from Wisconsin is bad. U-Wisconsin’s Games, Learning and Society (GLS) researchers have developed a mobile device authoring environment, ARIS (Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling), that they currently deploy to help the UW community to re-experience Dow Day, a famous campus protest from the 1960s. See a video on ARIS development here: http://arisgames.org/.
ARIS is available at the Apple Store, and cheat codes are available to adapt it for other games/locales: https://www.appstorehq.com/aris-iphone-252535/app. The ARIS authoring environment allows users to create mobile games, tours and interactive stories through GPS and QR Codes. With ARIS, users are able to create and select audio/video clips, images, etc. to build enhanced tours and/or place-based games to use in their communities—for example, a touring game based on what UO was like for a student in 1915, or a quest to discover (on foot) and describe (online) 12 stylistically different PNW artists represented in UO’s Percent for Art collection.