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Games bloggers offered sneak preview of 13-part web adventure from UK's Channel 4 TV.

In September 2009, Channel 4 and Six to Start are launching Smokescreen – a story game about online privacy, identity and trust. In this 13-part web adventure, players must uncover a mystery on a fictional social network and in doing so will learn about some of the threats – and opportunities – posed by other people on sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.

Smokescreen's gameplay takes the form of a cutting-edge simulation of familiar internet environments, with players exploring websites, social networks, receiving emails, IMing friends, and playing minigames.

This week, on Monday 27 July, Channel 4 and Six to Start are releasing the first of the13 missions to a select preview audience.

The backstory: A vicious new game, The Rumour Mill, is causing a stir on the White Smoke social network – but Max, the site's owner, thinks it might be a front for something worse. Can you work out who's behind it, and what they're up to?

Adrian Hon, Six to Start, says, “Smokescreen is a game about life online. Every time you hear about a teenager being hauled up at school because of their Facebook profile, or someone being conned out of their password on Twitter - that's what Smokescreen aims to explore. And because our game puts players in a simulation situation, we can give them an experience that is far more powerful and immersive than any other media."

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