Fear of FogGeo Ignite16 May 2013Thursday, May 16, 13
About Me• Originally from the Bay Area• Worked as a developer/hacker until 2011• Graduating with an MFA in Fine Arts thisw...
Fear of Fog• Free iPhoneVideo Game• Artisanal / Indie - I did everything myself.Code, design, art.• ExperimentalVideo Game...
Richard Garriott’s UltimaThursday, May 16, 13
Ultimate San Francisco16 Color Silkscreen PrintThursday, May 16, 13
Geolocative Gaming• Fear of Fog is an RPG based in SanFrancisco• The game uses the player’s GPScoordinates to move the cha...
Fear of FogThursday, May 16, 13
Technical Details - Geo• Inside the game, there’s a1024x1024 grid oflocation tiles• Geo data, as it arrives from the iPhon...
Storytelling• Urban Legends• Fantastical Histories of San Francisco• No killing, no competition• All about exploration and...
Fear of FogConversationThursday, May 16, 13
More Real-World Data• Visualizes the fog on the in-game map• Realtime weather data fromwunderground.com• Updated every 15 ...
Fear of FogFog layer visualizedThursday, May 16, 13
Technical Details - Fog• wunderground.com• Crowd-sourced weather data• Provides temp, humidity, wind directions, not fog• ...
Art: Ultima Sprite Map - detailThursday, May 16, 13
Art: Hand-Drawn TilesThursday, May 16, 13
What I Mean When ISay Experimental• Not a game that many people will play• Fewer people will finish it• Remember Zelda ques...
Avoiding Commerce:Tech & Art• The Art World• Alternative source of funding• Rhizome.org - art & technology grants• Awesome...
Future Developments:Calendaring• Integration of San Francisco Calendar• Bay to Breakers• Tidal Charts• Critical MassThursd...
Future Developments:Beyond the Bay• Proposed Sequel in Williamsburg/NewYork• Applied for a grant from Rhizome.orgThursday,...
More Information• http://www.fearoffog.com/• alex@meatfreezer.com• 206.255.1028Thursday, May 16, 13
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I presented this talk at Geo Ignite in San Francisco. It's about an experimental video game that I developed while an art student in San Francisco. It's sort of Zelda-meets-Geocaching: you have to explore a virtual game world to talk to people and learn a bunch of stuff, but the game uses your GPS to move you around the virtual world. It also uses realtime weather services from wunderground.com to overlay the real-world weather & fog conditions onto the virtual map.

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Fear of Fog Presentation for Geo Ignite

  1. 1. Fear of FogGeo Ignite16 May 2013Thursday, May 16, 13
  2. 2. About Me• Originally from the Bay Area• Worked as a developer/hacker until 2011• Graduating with an MFA in Fine Arts thisweek• Graduate Show is up at the Old Mint rightnowThursday, May 16, 13
  3. 3. Fear of Fog• Free iPhoneVideo Game• Artisanal / Indie - I did everything myself.Code, design, art.• ExperimentalVideo Game/Art ProjectThursday, May 16, 13
  4. 4. Richard Garriott’s UltimaThursday, May 16, 13
  5. 5. Ultimate San Francisco16 Color Silkscreen PrintThursday, May 16, 13
  6. 6. Geolocative Gaming• Fear of Fog is an RPG based in SanFrancisco• The game uses the player’s GPScoordinates to move the character aroundthe virtual mapThursday, May 16, 13
  7. 7. Fear of FogThursday, May 16, 13
  8. 8. Technical Details - Geo• Inside the game, there’s a1024x1024 grid oflocation tiles• Geo data, as it arrives from the iPhone, istranslated into this 1024x1024 grid• Allows the engine to be potentiallyindependent of geolocationThursday, May 16, 13
  9. 9. Storytelling• Urban Legends• Fantastical Histories of San Francisco• No killing, no competition• All about exploration and conversationThursday, May 16, 13
  10. 10. Fear of FogConversationThursday, May 16, 13
  11. 11. More Real-World Data• Visualizes the fog on the in-game map• Realtime weather data fromwunderground.com• Updated every 15 minutes, surprisinglyaccurateThursday, May 16, 13
  12. 12. Fear of FogFog layer visualizedThursday, May 16, 13
  13. 13. Technical Details - Fog• wunderground.com• Crowd-sourced weather data• Provides temp, humidity, wind directions, not fog• Fog caching layer on my own server• Bay fog is hard to measure using weather instruments• Instead, measuring likelihood of fog• Generates a weather map in static JSON format• Easy on the iOS side, scales well server sideThursday, May 16, 13
  14. 14. Art: Ultima Sprite Map - detailThursday, May 16, 13
  15. 15. Art: Hand-Drawn TilesThursday, May 16, 13
  16. 16. What I Mean When ISay Experimental• Not a game that many people will play• Fewer people will finish it• Remember Zelda quests?• Back and forth and back and forth• Imagine doing this on a bicycle in SF• Making something unusual for a smallaudienceThursday, May 16, 13
  17. 17. Avoiding Commerce:Tech & Art• The Art World• Alternative source of funding• Rhizome.org - art & technology grants• Awesome Foundation (@awesomesfo)• Side-stepping the demands andexpectations of the marketThursday, May 16, 13
  18. 18. Future Developments:Calendaring• Integration of San Francisco Calendar• Bay to Breakers• Tidal Charts• Critical MassThursday, May 16, 13
  19. 19. Future Developments:Beyond the Bay• Proposed Sequel in Williamsburg/NewYork• Applied for a grant from Rhizome.orgThursday, May 16, 13
  20. 20. More Information• http://www.fearoffog.com/• alex@meatfreezer.com• 206.255.1028Thursday, May 16, 13
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