ARG Fatalities on the Rise

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So let me get this straight.  This is a game (or mocked up video of a game) that encourages its players to run around an actual city while staring at a little 4 inch handheld screen.  Even better, there are virtual dangers in the game, so if you don’t watch the screen at all times you might get squashed by a boulder.  To me, that sounds like a great way to get players run over by actual dangers like cars and buses.

Of course being able to run around the city and play such a game would be sweet.  It would give me a chance to get some exercise I might enjoy, instead of enduring boring workouts just because they’re good for me. Outside of “footrace to the castle” games there are even lots of opportunities for social interaction with such a device.

I wonder how the games would be be mapped onto different cities.  I suspect Seattle wouldn’t be too far down the list, but does that mean I couldn’t play at all when I’m visiting my family in small-town Colorado? Obviously the “actual actress shows up and smooches you” mechanic is never going to happen in the real world, but it looked like the game world was being mapped over very specific buildings, which wouldn’t exist in another city, let alone in a small town.  Maybe the software has to be smart enough to look your location up in satellite images and pick some nearby buildings as the key points in the game.  The client in your handheld them could then “fancify” whatever its camera sees without developer involvement.

In any case, it’s all very cool, and I look forward to a time when this kind of thing isn’t just vaporware.


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