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massively multiplayer location-based realtime rpg

"YDreams and Hong Kong mobile telecom operator Sunday last week launched Undercover, a massively multiplayer, persistent game for mobile phone users in Hong Kong. In the game, the players' real location is the main tool in a quest for justice and survival. Undercover has been available nationwide in Portugal since July 2003. Sunday Hong Kong customers are the first players outside Portugal to join the game - trial versions are planned for over 14 countries."

[via smartmobs]

Java seems to be sweeping the mobile market everywhere. This is the type of content that the flash-lite player for mobile phones could and should be able to play as of last year if it wasn't for the ooper dooper strict phone carrier restrictions. I really look forward to the next version of this player and I really hope they come up with a little bit more serious piece of software. Also hope the makers realize that realtime GPS accesibility from this plugin is a *must*, today. Phone carriers are realizing that, and slowly start introducing GPS enabled phones. It would be a sin to leave the new player blind to this type of hardwares capabilities.

Tag and Scan

A friend points me out to Tag and Scan:

"Tag and Scan is another location based service, somewhat similar to Urban Tapestries and Dodgeball. With Tag and Scan, users can tag geographic places (in London) with pictures and text for other users to find when they do a scan of that area. The application can be downloaded and installed on any Java capable mobile, and users buy credits to spend on tagging and scanning"
[by: cool hunting]

Very interesting stuff although I don't understand why you'd need java capable mobiles for something like this (or is it that by java they mean able to render at least a subset of html?). We've thought about building something similar with Dan which could use simply html forms. Allmost any cellphone available today in japan can handle that. Now the tough part is at least in Tokyo, you can't just simply give out a tagged address to someone. The city itself is such a mess that 99% of the times you navigate the city with maps or step by step instructions on how to get where.

So for such a system to be fully effective here, it should probably be linked up with something like AU's ez naviwalk, a service that basically puts a GPS car navigation system into your phone - not only it points out the direction to where you are going, but data get's refreshed in realtime, as you walk, so you can even have your phone in your pocket, and it will ring to alert you where and when you have to make a right turn for example.

Personally I don't only want to be able to virtually tag places with information, but I think the most exiting part comes when you go beyond that, and start building information infrastructures, virtuall installations, digital architecture - transArchitecture -

By the way, I'm still more than interested in building this, so if there's any soul out there who'd like to sponsor such a project, please drop me a line! [ mail at marcosweskamp dot com ] :-)