Joseph Matheny

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Joseph Wayne Matheny (born December 24, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American writer and transmedia artist who has created works using alternate reality gaming and transmedia storytelling methods.[1] He holds patents for prediction, recommendation and behavioral analysis algorithms and software design.[2] He is a published author of screenplays, white papers, technology, sci-fi, marketing and gaming books. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He is probably best known for the avant-garde work Ong's Hat, which has been called the proto-Alternate Reality Game by academia,[1] the mainstream and alternative media.[3] Ong's Hat is often cited as the first ARG on many lists of alternate reality games.


  • Ong's Hat the Beginning, Skybooks, 2002. ISBN 0-9678162-2-X
  • Game over?, Immersion New Media, 2002. ISBN 0-9674890-0-8
  • Why DVD? A Meat and Potatoes Guide for the Uninitiated, Metalepsis, 1999. ISBN 0-9674890-0-8
  • The Incunabula Papers: Ong's Hat and Other Gateways to New Dimensions, eXe, 1999. ISBN 0-9674890-1-6

Contributions to other books and publications[edit]

  • "Beats In Time: A Literary Generation's Legacy": Contributor
  • Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation: Contributor
  • Black Book Omega: Cirque Apoklypsis: Contributor
  • YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts: Contributor
  • Black Book Volume 3, Part I: The Black Symphony, First Movement: Contributor
  • Black Book Volume 3, Part II: The Black Symphony, Second Movement: Contributor
  • What Would Bill Hicks Say: Forward- Contributor
  • Exquisite Language: Contributor
  • Poker Without Cards: Contributor-Forward, Afterward and Editor
  • This Is Not A Game: A Guide to Alternate Reality Gaming: Contributor and Editor
  • Covert Culture Sourcebook: Contributor
  • The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog: Contributor


Feature films and documentaries[edit]

  • My Neighbors Daughter (1998) : Art Director, Actor
  • Amerikanskaya doch (1995) : Art Director, Actor
  • Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997): Actor
  • The "I" in the Triangle with Robert Anton Wilson (2010) : Director
  • TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous (2010): Producer


  • Robert Anton Wilson Remembered (2011) Hukilau
  • Robert Anton Wilson: The Lost Studio Sessions (2010) Original Falcon
  • TAZ- The Temporary Autonomous Zone (2010) Original Falcon
  • The Banishing Ritual with Illusion of Safety (1991)


  1. ^ a b Kinsella,Michael. Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat University Press of Mississippi, 2011
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  3. ^ McMahon, Chris (May 2013). "The Rise Of The ARG: games™ investigates alternate reality games and what the future has in store for the curious experiment". Games TM. 135: 88.

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