menu

Game Creates Worldwide Zombie Hunt Using Augmented Reality

Game Creates Worldwide Zombie Hunt Using Augmented Reality
technology

PSFK spoke about the Future Of Gaming with the co-founder of Ogmento, a developer and publisher of location-based, massively multiplayer, augmented reality games.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 4 november 2011

The PSFK consulting team has noticed that improved GPS capabilities available on mobile phones and other devices are being leveraged by game developers to transform real-world settings into game environments, often integrating audio and/or augmented reality into their platforms to create immersive experiences.
One company operating in this space is Ogmento. Its recent game, Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary, is a location-based, augmented reality (AR) enabled, multi-player mobile game. Using the viewfinders of their smartphones, gamers can view paranormal activity layered over their surrounding environment and join a massive multi-player game that requires completing location-based missions and casting spells on real-world locations. Missions are generated in any real world location, asking players to complete challenges in order advance the story line, gain new spells, and earn status points. The game can be played anywhere in the world, enabling multiple players to compete and collaborate in the global battle between good and evil. PSFK spoke with the CEO and co-founder of Ogmento, Ori Inbar.
Please provide a brief introduction about yourself and your company.

My name is Ori Inbar and I am the CEO and co-founder of Ogmento, a developer and publisher of location-based, massively multiplayer, augmented reality games.

Ogmento is one of the first venture-backed companies conceived from the ground up to develop and publish augmented reality (AR) games; games that are played in the real world. Our vision is to make games that inspire players to get off the couch and interact with the real world.

I first got into AR in 2007 after many years in software development in startups and large corporations, I realized my kids spend most of their free time in front of a screen playing video games and consuming content off the internet. I thought, what if we extract what attract kids to video games and bring it into the real world? I documented my journey into the wonderful world of AR on my blog gamesalfresco.com which became one of the most popular blogs for AR games, and in 2009 felt the time was right to bring this amazing technology to the masses and co-founded Ogmento together with veterans from the game industry as well as award winning AR scientists.

Please tell us about Paranormal Activity. What is the idea and goal behind the game?

The back story is: demonic activity has been unleashed all over the world, and players need to create sanctuaries in their favorite neighborhood locations, to protect themselves from losing their sanity. Missions are generated in real world locations nearby such as cemeteries, hospitals, and convenience stores – and players who complete missions in these locations advance through the story line, gain new spells, and become more powerful. When casting a spell to create sanctuaries, there is a neat feature to boost your power – draw a pentagram on a paper and point you phone to it: A line of fire tracks your hand-drawn sketch and connects you with the dark power of the pentagram generating a stronger sanctuary. You can also scan your area in camera view to hunt for ghosts capture them and post on facebook for bragging rights. If you let your guard down, you may lose your sanity and succumb to the evil side. Actually, playing on the dark side could be a lot of fun. The game can be played anywhere in the world, but really takes off when multiple players compete and collaborate in the global battle between good and evil. Whether good or evil, at the end of the day you want to become the “top dog” with the most power in your city, among your friends, or on a global level.

paranormal-activity-ogmento

What has been the audience reaction? Can you share any stats around user engagement?

The players reaction was phenomenal. Many hard core fans of horror games and movies loved the idea of extending their passion from the couch to the real world. Now they are able to experience a horror story any time of day, anywhere they go. In fact, many players described the game as addictive – but in a different way than traditional games: they do not tend to sit on the couch for hours playing the game – but rather play it in short bursts throughout their day – on average 7-10 times a day. Every time they move around their daily routine, commute, shop, or do errands – something in their brains triggers them to launch the game, claim a location, complete a nearby mission and thus advance in the game.

Interacting with a hand drawn pentagram was reported as a cool new innovative game mechanic. But players always surpass our wildest imagination. A fascinating player anecdote found on the facebook game forum told the following story: I was walking one night in the snow while playing Sanctuary, and realized I forgot my pen and paper for drawing the pentagram…and panicked. When I got my senses back I realized I could “sketch” the pentagram from a few twigs I collected and I was quickly back in the game – kicking demons ass. When players look around and interact with their environment as part of the game – we feel like we our vision is becoming a reality.

Now that the 3rd sequel of the movie is out we see more than a thousand new players joining daily.

paranormal-activity-ogmento

We have noticed that improved GPS capabilities available on mobile phones and other devices are being leveraged by game developers to transform real-world settings into game environments, often integrating audio and/or augmented reality into their platforms to create immersive experiences. What do you think? Do you see this trend manifesting on a larger scale?

Recently a handful of location based games have made their way into players’ hands. They are much richer and deeper than what we have seen in the past with geo caching type games and are more appealing to the masses. These games tend to be successful when they do not require players to trek far from their daily routine, but rather take place where people are present anyway. On the flip side these games have to be careful not to disconnect themselves from the surroundings. If players find themselves playing such games on the couch, at home, while staring at the small screen without being aware of their environment and without interacting with it – they may end up like traditional games and miss the chance to change where and when people play. Location-based games combined with augmented reality have the potential to extend the time and space where people play. This is poised to make our daily routine more interesting and engaging with the world, and along the way possibly transform the gaming industry.

Our upcoming game, NBA: King of the Court, is currently in public beta in several countries and will be published worldwide within the next few weeks. It introduces a simple addictive game mechanic (shooting at basketball hoops located in real locations in your neighborhood) as well as an engaging social strategy element (competing over the high score in these courts) which we believe will appeal to a mass audience. Enabling people to experience their beloved NBA franchise (assuming the lockout end is imminent ;) anywhere they go, at any time – has the potential to become a large scale use of this new type of game play. At least this we are seeing in the initial tests.

Thanks Ori!

Ogmento

To read more about what is going on in the gaming space today, read about our new report on The Future of Gaming.

technology
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: Leave The Busywork To The Bots

Ai
Syndicated Today

In Popular Games, The Recurring Theme Is Exploration

The much-hyped sci-fi sandbox game proved to be as massive as expected, while Pokémon Go continued to prove inescapable

Design Today

The Best In Wearable Tech From The Rio Olympics

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best gadgets and devices used to track performance

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Advertising Today

This Cookbook Is Inspired By Brad Pitt’s On-Screen Eating Habits

Learn how to whip up meals and snacks pulled straight from the actor's fictional universe

USA Today

Tour The US National Parks From The Comfort Of Your Home

Google's new 360-degree video feature lets people take a trip to Alaska, Utah or Hawaii and see these marvels of nature up close

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Patrick Bergel

Teaching Machines to Sing

Augmented & Virtual Reality Today

VR Training For Active Shooter Preparedness

SurviVR is an immersive environment to teach civilians how to protect themselves in dangerous situations

Cities Today

Redesigned London Tube Map Aims To Get People Walking

The updated display illustrates approximately how many steps it takes to walk between stations for a healthier commute

Experiential Marketing Today

Nike Creates An Immersive Pop-Up Fitness Experience In London

The Unlimited You space gave athletes a chance to push their limits farther than ever before

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 25, 2016

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

PSFK Labs Today

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Automotive Today

Uber Now Lets Commuters Pay With Pretax Dollars

The prepaid cards are a partnership with WageWorks, letting uberPool users save up to 40% on their trip

Home Today

Philips Hue Adds Motion Sensor To Control Lights Automatically

The wireless device lets users interact with their environment without needing to press a switch

Home Today

Beacon Device Takes The Pain Out Of Navigating A New Airbnb

Ping provides new guests with a guided tour of the house or apartment through a simple tap of their phone

Arts & Culture Today

Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

The design uses metal tubes to create an optical illusion when viewed from the front

Arts & Culture Today

Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath

The installation features built-in sensors that cause the undulating surface to morph and react to passersby

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Fashion Today

Declutter And Recycle All Of Your Unwanted Stuff

A new app will help catalogue your possessions and give them away as donations when you no longer want them

Advertising Today

Tokyo Concept Store Disguised As A Parking Garage

The retail and cafe project is designed as a hidden treasure for urban explorers

No search results found.