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I heard WWO players in Europe refer to “the events in 2000” but I never knew what they were, until I read this. If you run into people who don’t believe that the events of WWO are anything close to possible, have them read this story by Kathy McMahon. All the more scary if you remember that Britain’s oil fields hadn’t yet declined in 2000. This all happened back when it was an oil-producing nation.

It was the world's first serious alternate reality game, a cooperative pre-imagining of a global oil crisis. Over 1900 players collaborated in May 2007 to chronicle the oil crisis with their own personal blog posts, videos, images and voicemails. The game ended after simulating the first 32 weeks of the oil shock, but its effects continue, as game designers analyze its unique gameplay and we all watch the continuing drama with global oil prices and supply.