Traditional digital games that reduce players’ physical involvement to moving a joy stick is obsolete [ ” .[C. Schlieder et al, 2006]]
Location based games entertain players and encourage social interaction of real world in virtual space.
Maturity of the location based game increases over the period of time.
Have potential to be commercially successful
Successfulness and longevity of game depends upon flexibility of Location and time[Marek B. et al. 2006]:
People like flexibility in location and time [during the day with peaks around lunchtime and commute times]
Motivation - Large Market for Mobile Games
Mobile phone can provide “five-minute fun” [played over a few minutes]
850 million people use their phones for gaming [CI mobile gaming]
90% of all teenagers and young adults use their mobile phone for gaming purposes [CI mobile gaming]
Cellular game:14 per cent of the 35 billon dollars generated from computer games per annum [Palmer 2005].
The market for mobile gaming is worth USD 6 billion and it’s growing [Datamonitor]
Challenges in Location Based Games
Mobile phone limitations.
Energy and accuracy trade offs, Smaller screens
Variation or uncertainty with regard to location and network connectivity [O. Rashid et al., 2006] .
Frequency of location changing.
Long time acquisition.
Expensive communications methods.
Users should pay for internet connectivity/SMS/Location services as well as game
Developing Game logic.
Game logic should retain user’s interest for a long time .
Tracking the state of players.
Game developers’ main concerns [O. Rashid et al.,2006 ]
Within game, movement is mostly designed as necessity.
Games often require frequent updates from other players.
Location based games are not able to introduce a story.
The ability of location based games to handle player network latency in fast moving games.
Preserving player’s privacy
Service Time Acq. Accuracy Coverage Energy Consumption GPS 10-60s 2-10 m Outdoors [problem with indoor] High GPRS 3 s 100m to 1o km Cellular Network Coverage Low WiFi … Around 100m Almost Urban Medium
Making an open-source, extendable multiplayer location based game on android.
Using Google embedded location services [GPS, Wi-Fi]
Implementing GASP framework for Android.
Related Work Current Location Based Games [O. Rashid et al.,2006 ] Is a search and destroy combat game, generally regarded as first location based game. Every player can send a SMS to locate other player and if that player was in the vicinity, they could shoot the other player’s robot by sending another SMS Uses GPS to get information, which allows players try to find a virtual treasure by discovering different clues hidden at various locations.
How we are different from others?
Introduce a “sense of belonging”.
No extra cost for intercommunication
Using google embedded location service including WiFi and GPS
Mostly players need additional peripheral(s) to play [e.g. Bot Fighter players need robot].
We don’t use any other peripherals. Gesturing of mobile is used for fighting purpose.
Using the functionality of open source GASP frame work.
How does the game look like?
Strategy location based team game.
Motto - “Kill and Win”
2 teams play against each other.
Track and kill opponents in your territory virtually.
Winning team can play against more competitive teams.
Kill to win
Multiplayer / Team game.
Create session, join session.
Lobby room, waiting room.
Inter Message passing.
Pseudo player name.
Private game sessions.
Generating gesture based events.
Architecture Overview Cell Phone Side Server Side
Client Internal Components
Server Internal Components Development tools : Android SDK release version 2,GASP Framework. Apache Tomcat 6.x,Eclipse Ganymede,JDK 1.6
Uncertain Locating and connectivity
Cell phone limitation
Using intelligent location handler to extract habits of players to control location update periods automatically (avoiding extra energy consumption)
Dynamic location service type selection
Designing appropriate UI.
Attractive Incentive schemes for user.
Hashing mechanism to store user password.
Separation of users as per Rights / roles.
Hiding privacy of players by pseudo name.
removing the variation by technological means
hiding it in the system design
managing or influencing users’ activity so that the variation is not made apparent to them
revealing variation so that they can make decisions as to how to handle it and
exploiting it as a design resource in which players deliberately seek out and exploit the limitations of network coverage or positioning [Players tend to move places without coverage to make more reward.
What are the best features in this game?
What is the most concern?
Social networking aspect?
Distributing feedback and questioners.
How good intelligent location controller is?
How good gesturing is?
Concept of “Floating MicroBlog”.
Coupling with social networking sites like facebook, myspace etc.
Summary of user activity.
Open ended Customization for user.
Compatible with Desktop Machines.
Incorporate Multiple levels in the game.
Acknowledgement and References
Special Thanks to Georgios Varsamopoulos
O. Rashid et al.,2006 ] Extending Cyberspace: Location Based Games Using Cellular Phones, ACM Computers in Entertainment, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2006. Article 3C.
[Marek B. et al., 2006] Interweaving Mobile Games With Everyday Life, Proc. ACM CHI 2006, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145 /
[Christoph S. et al., 2006] Geogames: Designing location-based games from classic board games, 2006, [Published by IEEE Computer Society ]