Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson
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Urban Gaming - The Future

There's been a few articles over the last few months about 'Urban Gaming', kind of a cross between Live Action Roleplaying and a Computer Game. I'm not sure what I think of the idea. In some ways it's a fun new style of gaming that could become very popular, on the other hand it is fairly open for a lot of things to go wrong. We already saw a Chinese man convicted of murder this week for stabbing another player who he leant a magic sword to in a computer game (the player then sold it on-line for a few hundred dollars). But urban gaming involves innocent bystanders who have no idea that they are being used in the game, plus the rivalry between players could overspill in a game where you don't know your opponents....

Gamers Turn Cities Into A Battleground (NewScientist.com; Sunday 12th June 2005)
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