Gamasutra recently announced a competition for best game ideas. Games of 2020.
The winners are already in and their games are mostly…augmented.
Check out these 4 games:
House Chores by Wesley Wiebe.
It builds on the idea that if you cleverly use game pleasures people would be willing to tolerate almost anything – just to get the built-in reward. The same dopamine system in our brains that handles addictions.
In this case, the game controller is a broom. And your challenge: sweep the floor.
The setup is your “everyday” augmented reality game: your own house is modeled into the game, you wear see thru digital goggles with built in cameras, you interact with the real world (your living room) blended with virtual elements (water splashes)…
Keep reading the next game:
Appliance Gaming By Daniel Cook
The concept in Daniel’s own words:
Cloud connected household appliances combined with simple games and an augmented reality feedback system. Hook up some inexpensive sensors and a wireless connection to assorted dishwashers,vacuums, refrigerators and washing machines. Add a feedback device in the form of a vision aware monocle.
The game device looks awfully like Yanko‘s Monocle (who’s first?):
I also like the punch line:
The resulting consumer boom is widely credited with ending the economic malaise of America’s Lost Decade.
Play Everywhere By: Angie Oikawa
Here is what every Augmented Reality fan dreams about
a diverse collection of casual, social gaming experiences that integrate easily into a persons everyday life. PE! is a mobile “game platform” that allows people to choose virtual “Smart Game Objects”, customize them, and place them into real world locations for friends to find and play with.
What’s this mobile platform like?
…an evolved smart phone with a high resolution holographic display, or glasses that allow a person to superimpose virtual objects into the real world
And a game play example shows an inspiring woman’s touch: leaving sexy clues for your spouse to find on your anniversary:
…she is greeted by a flock of doves who sing to her and drop rose petals across the hall way into the bedroom where you are waiting for her.
Chow Time By Trevor Paradise
The (wacky) concept: eat healthy food in reality, while the game makes you think you eat your favorite junk food.
If you like these – there’s a whole bunch just like these at Gamasutra.