GPS-enabled mobile gaming gets out of the lab in Germany



GPS-enabled mobile gaming gets out of the lab in Germany
In Europe many generations have been entertained by Ravensburger’s “Scotland Yard” board game. As part of a programming lab students from the University of Bonn in cooperation with the game publisher Ravensburger Spiele and T-Mobile invented „Scotland Yard – to go!“, a wireless version where no longer figures are moved on the table but people interact in the real world chasing Mr. X.

The players are equipped with a Ultra Mobile PC including a GPRS connectivity and a GPS receiver. The GPS-enabled device provides the current location of the different players which is fed to a server on the Web. This enables to locate the accurate position of the detectives and also Mr. X in bigger intervals and on a map. The world is turned into one big game area.
“In the beginning there was the idea just to apply the results of our research”, explained Prof. Dr. Armin B. Cremers, head of the computing department of the University of Bonn.


GPS-enabled mobile gaming gets out of the lab in Germany
Adaptive Mobile Gaming
In this new game experience the game situation is adapted dynamically. For example when the player climbs on a bell tower not only his real sight is enlarged but also the virtual one in the game: the map will reveal more information about Mr. X position as before.

This effect – “Adaptive Mobile Gaming” – is the outcome of several years of collaborative „Context Sensitive Intelligence“ research between scientists from the University of Bonn and Telekom Laboratories in Berlin. The mobile game “Scotland Yard – to go!” which is developed by the students is now a demonstration of the possibilities this technology provides.

Scotland Yard to go architecture
Scotland Yard to go architecture
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Thursday, September 27th 2007

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