Fang Talks

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18 07 16

Layered worlds

It shouldn’t be news to you that Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm.

Countless people have taken to the streets to catch Pokemon in the real world! The hype is absolutely insane, I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t heard about the phenomenon. Pokemon GO isn’t the first augmented reality video game out there, but it’s definitely the most high-profile one. Even before its official launch in most countries it spread like wildfire, with people picking up the game for all kinds of reasons, from nostalgia to crowd gaming.

Augmented reality is one of the cooler concepts. Sure, at face value it just looks kind of silly and stupid, and it sort of is! But then you realize they’re basically overlaying a digital world on top of our own, as if they coexisted in some way. Hell, apparently Pokemon GO even uses weather data to influence Pokemon spawn rates! For examples, rain makes water-type Pokemon more likely to spawn, and thunder makes electric-types more common. If that isn’t cool I don’t know what is.

And the great thing here is that, with the still ever-expanding breadth of information available, AR game developers will be able to tap into so much more in the future. Imagine a special event triggering when, say, a traffic jam happens. Would definitely brighten up the wait!

Any of you playing GO yet? Team Instinct represent!
~ Fang

Comments

  • 21/07/2016 (11:51 AM)

    TEAM INSTINCT 4 LYFE!

    Nah but seriously it’s been a fun experience and I’ve burned a shit ton of calories. I read into the mapping and all the behind the scenes stuff of Pokémon Go and it’s just impressive really. Unfortunately thanks to privacy concerns I’ve not gotten to enjoy the AR aspects of it. AR is always turned off for me. It’s bad enough they’re tracking my every move on my GPS.

    • 21/07/2016 (1:03 PM)

      No reports have surfaced of it actually sending your camera data over the network though. It doesn’t need to do that to overlay a 3D model. Also the game just plays better (and drains less battery) with AR turned off, so I really see no reason to turn it on regardless.

  • 19/07/2016 (12:30 AM)

    I don’t play games. However, I do have a sort of augmented reality.

    Unless the talking crow is real…

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