There are a number of augmented reality games available for play, or being released in the near future. On April 4th, 2011, MIT and The Smithsonian will launch an augmented reality game called Vanished. It is a game designed for 10 to 14 year-olds to get them to become more interested in the sciences. The game is a mix of reality and online experiences where the children solve a mystery in a collaborative environment.
Augmented reality games are not limited to educational games for children. Ogmento, a game design company, which is currently marketing an augmented reality game for the Apple iPhone called Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary. In the game, players hunt zombies and demons in their own neighborhood. The game adds digital ‘bad-guys’, spells, and other game elements to the phone’s camera view.
The player can cast ‘spells’ by drawing on a piece of paper and holding it in front of the phone’s camera. Paranormal Activity showcases all of the versatility of augmented reality. It uses the phone’s camera of the view of the world with digital effects added in, GPS data to position the game around the player, and the phone’s data connection to connect the player’s game with all of the other players around the world.
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