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The hunt for Mr. X: Bringing a board game to the street. Niklaus Moor Swisscom Innovations Ubicomp Conference Tokyo, September 2005. Bringing the board game to the street. Experiences. Conclusions and the future.

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The hunt for Mr. X:Bringing a board game to the street

Niklaus Moor

Swisscom Innovations

Ubicomp Conference

Tokyo, September 2005


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Bringing the board game to the street

Experiences

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

Conclusions and the future


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„Scotland Yard“ is a popular board game in Europe, where players have to catch Mr. X

  • Game was rated “Game of the year“ in 1983

  • Although quite old, still popular today

  • The game is a well known brand

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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„Mr. X“ moves hidden through the streets of London players have to catch Mr. X

  • He has to show his locationevery 4th turn

  • The detectives know whichkind of transportation heuses

  • With this information theyhave to figure out hisposition and surround him

  • When the detectives catch him, they win, if Mr. X escapes he wins

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Bringing the game to the street: players have to catch Mr. Xtransformation into a live action game

  • 4 groups with 4 players hunt Mr. X and Mr. Y in the old city of Berne.

  • Hunting by MMS: Every ten minutes, Mr. X sends a picture of his current location.

  • The detectives have to identify the position by the pictures and find Mr. X.

  • They catch Mr. X by taking a picture of him.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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For the game we used telco and internet technology players have to catch Mr. X

  • All players had cell phones with camera and GPRS connectivity, MMS enabled

  • The pictures have been sent by MMS to a photo weblog page

  • The cell phones where enabled for group chatting (text based)

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

Cell phone

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The detective in the back office monitors and coordinates by web and cell phone

  • All MMS pictures are posted on the web

  • The backoffice gets all the information and coordinates the hunt

  • The group communicates by cell phones

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Bringing the board game to the street web and cell phone

Experiences

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

Conclusions and the future


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The players were highly involved in the game and had fun web and cell phone

  • Success from the game experience perspective:The players gave very good ratings about the gameplay and thrill.

  • The players liked the mix of guessing (location riddle) and physical hunt.

  • One player was so highly engaged, that he took off his shoes “to be faster”.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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The extreme usage of the MMS gateway showed limitations in the system

  • The overall infrastructure worked, the game completed as planned.

  • The MMS gateway couldn't handle any more the amount of MMS for the organisator’s mobile phone (a copy of every sent MMS was sent to his phone, which caused traffic jam).

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

24 hours later the organizer still got MMS from the game.


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The Photo-Blog gave a live overview of the hunt and the positions of players

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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The game didn‘t enhance the usage of MMS permanently positions of players

  • One goal of the game for Swisscom was to explore if the usage of MMS can be enhanced by introducing users into a technology in a playful matter.

  • The amount of sent MMS went up very high during the game, but fell down on the prior level after the game.

  • We saw that the low usage of MMS was not a cause of usability or usage complexity (players had no problems to send them), but just the use case was not obvious.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Bringing the board game to the street positions of players

Experiences

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

Conclusions and the future


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Live action games bring players to a higher level of involvement

  • The “live” experience an the taking place in the real world increase excitement and involvement.

  • Known formats like the hunt make it easy for the players to get into the game.

  • Importance of the story: Embedding the game into a story raises suspense.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Live action games need a big amount of coordination and organization

  • To keep such a game alive, you have to give the players the tools to organize it themselves.

  • Organized by the telco is expensive.

  • Other forms of help for ubiquitous games are welcome.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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The merge of the real and virtual world in games: Boarders are vanishing

Virtual and real world coming together:

  • In the online game „SIMS“ you can go to „Pizza Hut“, and order a real delivery pizza

  • Virtual game objects are traded on eBay for real money

  • Space for advertisementis sold in Computer Games(next to racing laps etc.)

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

The Sims


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We got the infrastructure, now please deliver good games! are vanishing

  • What can be the role of a telco in the field of ubiquitous gaming?

    • Bit pipe provider only

    • Connector (Provide access between different forms of channels, like giving a mobile interface to join MMORPGs)

    • Partner of game companies

    • Game designer

  • What telco infrastructure is necessary for new and thrilling forms of ubiquitous gaming

  • What kind of new games do you see in the future, where telcos can bring a benefit

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Backup are vanishing

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005


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Connector: In “Hattrick” the gamer can connect to the free web game with his mobile phone

  • Free web based soccer game

  • Players manage their football team

  • Weekly matches between the teams, divided by countries, all over the world

  • Buy and sell players by ingame stock exchange

  • In some countries (eg. Finland) gamers can check ongoing status of game by the mobile phone, and trade players.

  • Big revenue through highly addictive feature.

Niklaus Moor, Ubicomp Conference, Tokyo, September 2005

  • http://www.hattrick.org/Common/default.asp


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