OK...so this is my favorite session and I have high hopes. The last session that Peter Smith and I were in, Halo vs. Facebook, was just awful. Evidently the big takeaway there was that you can social experiences in both and that those experiences will be different. I am probably being heretical here (nothing new) since evidently the lady who presented this session has presented multiple times before and her key presentation is entitled "Four Fun Keys." Some good slides in terms of mapping out interactions but the hert of the session just didn't grab me. ...but enough about that....
The room is getting seriously packed up as usual...John Lester, Mia Consalvo, Ian Bogost are just some of the notables in the audience...so I guess they have high hopes as well.
The crowd actually wahoos wen this sessions starts and Eric Zimmerman's enthusiasm is infectious. (Portal won Game of the Year BTW - you can try a 2D version on Kongergate).
The theme this year is inter-species: a game that can be played by humans and at least one other species. This is a riff on opening up new markets. The idea is to take an important trend facing the games market and spin it.
Brenda - Wizardry
Rules of the Challenge: Its an intellectual wrestling match. Can't be an ordinary game that is played by an animal...has to be a new game. Could have special hardware UI but that can't be what the game is about.
Alexey Pajitnov: Dolphin Ride
Original idea was that game should take place in real 3D space...went more conservative and went with an underwater game...takes place in real world with real dolphins and in virtual space, 1 dolphin and 2 players, 1 navigator 1 shooter...the dolphin is a mount...the "Dolphin Saddle" has two "virtual cabins"...shooter consists of paint gun w/ digital camera...the playfield is a virtual space superimposed on real space...targets are color balls of different value....the goal is to shoot balls and try to shoot the other team's dolphins....
Steve Meretzky: the foxhunt as animals being involved in both a competitive and cooperative roles, what does it mean to play games with an animal? Can they actually know that they are playing? Lawyers as non-human species. What animals have disposable income? Pets. What animals produce things of value? "Shear Poker" Opponents acted like sheep. ;-) 1 Quadrillion ants as demographic but bacteria are in the trillions! The TrayStation! Classic RTS gameplay. The bacteria grow as you manage resources and that growth is projected as armies. Your defenses enable microwave projection which kills the bacteria. Evolution ensures that the bacteria that survive are stronger and immune to microwave! You own the rights to these improved bacteria and you can sell them to the bio-tech company of your choice! Awesome.
Brenda Brathwaite: An Interspecies Facebook ARG
seriously funny photoshop ideas....what about the wii? What about GPS? What about a transceiver? Realized that there was already play going on with animals. Co-op not vs. OneHundredDogs.com. Starts at Westminster. Phase 1 - The Dogpack..go the site and register. Get challenges. Designed to build community between dogs and owners. City winner becomes "alpha dog" for that city. 50 real dogs.
Phase 2 - Dog Fifty One: Quest progression starts with friend invite from this dog and when you finish you get to an invite from dogfiftty two and so on. Now cities are working together.
Phase 3 - A Breakdown at the top....everyone must work together to find dogninetytwo...vast doggie conspiracy....
This stuff is funny but at its base, really shows insanely talented designers grappling with issues that no one should ever have to deal with...and they do it with humor, skill and just enough truth so that you can almost believe it happening. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Almost out of power...will post winner if possible.....
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