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Mixed Reality Pacman

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the one-reality-isn't-enough dept.

Classic Games (Games) 30

VirtualUK writes "The BBC News website is running a story about a team of engineers headed by Andrew David Cheok over at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Singapore. They've developed a Human Pacman game which is played out on the streets of Singapore. The screenshots of what the players see is pretty interesting with users of both the mixed reality version and the virtual reality version being able to interact. The system comprises of a bunch of wearable computers that use GPS and wireless network connections to relay information regarding position. People in the US can see it showcased at the Wired NextFest in Chicago, June 24-26."

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Long-term dupe? (1)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 9 years ago | (#12737883)

Didn't I see that being posted here like, months ago?


Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12738114)

Posting a dupe of a 6-month-old story and calling it news...Zonk, you're the worst Slashdot editor *ever*.
The only thing that would make this worse is if you yanked this story now to cover up your idiocy.

What do you say, Zonk? Can you make that extra effort?

Re:Long-term dupe? (1)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738238)

Didn't I see that being posted here like, months ago?

Yes, I think I did [] ...

And then again, this wasn't the first time [] either...

Re:Long-term dupe? (1)

Monkeman (827301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12741336)


Paintball (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12737949)

This will really take off when they can do it cheaply (and with sturdy enough equipment) to play a game of "paintball" where you overlay powerups and the like over real terrain.

Imagine running through a pintball arena to the "rocket launcher" powerup. You hit it, and the gun you're holding turns into a rocket launcher. You leap over a barricade where 3 of your opponents are crouched, and you blow them away with a rocket. All this while, in reality, you're holding a plastic gun with two triggers (primary and secondary) and some buttons (Next weapon, previous weapon, favorite weapons).

I'd pay $20/hour for an hour of that once a month.

Re:Paintball (1)

Nytewynd (829901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738148)

Even better than that would be to virtually simulate quake or doom 3 entirely. Don't just limit to power ups, but throw demons in there too.

You could do different weapons and powerups in a lazer tag style with friends, but at the same time have to worry about the flying exploding skulls. Paintball and laser tag can suck if one team decides to play it safe and bunker down. If you have giant demons roaming around, you would need to move or fight them while you worry about getting ganked by the blue team.

Re:Paintball (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738366)

Sounds like an awesome idea...there's just two problems that most video gamers will have with your proposal:

  1. Running
  2. Jumping


Re:Paintball (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12739744)

And here I was thinking the gamers are gonna love this. It's the ultimate in ragdoll physics!

Re:Paintball (1)

Frodo Crockett (861942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12744061)

It's the ultimate in ragdoll physics!

Only if you club the other players in the head.

Re:Paintball (1)

Tedium Unleased (764661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12745419)

this may really take off if slashdot ups its quota on posting this story from once a year to twice a year. i for one will be keeping an eye out for it again in november.

Club Dread (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738032)

This reminds me of the live-action Pac-Man game shown in Club Dread. []

Re:Club Dread (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 9 years ago | (#12747385)

It reminds me of last Saturday evening, down my favourite night club ;)

Real-life pacman (1)

jangobongo (812593) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738171)

The graphics [] make this look like fun. I just hope players aren't so immersed in playing that they forget about their surroundings. Otherwise we'll be seeing "Student Run Over By Car While Playing Pacman" headlines and giving out "Darwin" awards.

Re:Real-life pacman (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12741639)

and giving out "Darwin" awards.

I swear officer! I thought the woman was a ghost!
- And the reason you grabbed her...
They were powerups,I swear!!!

Old ideas (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738189)

I am tired of seeing all these semi-VR Pacman games. What I want to see is an implementation of Dig-Dug. I am sure we can all come up with a few folks we'd like to drop a boulder or two on.

This is simply further evidence... (2, Funny)

Winckle (870180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738284)

to suppost claims of people copying behaviour seen in video games!

Re:This is simply further evidence... (1)

Nytewynd (829901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738550)

"But your honor, my client simply ate a power pellet and mistook the defendent as Pinky."

Dupe: Pacmanhattan! (2, Insightful)

pjcreath (513472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738472)

All you young whippersnappers with your "dupe" stories from 2003 and 2004. Back in my day, we had real dupes. From 2001 [] , when Pacman was being played on the streets of New York [] .

But seriously, check out the videos [] (Coral Cache link). They're priceless. (Edit: The videos seem to be offline -- does anybody have an archive?)

"That ghost's gonna catch Pac-man, gonna *$#@ him up."

Video links (2, Interesting)

pjcreath (513472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12739204)

I know, it's bad karma to reply to your own post, are some of the videos, thanks to The Wayback Machine:

  1. []
  3. []
  4. No luck finding

And, yes, this was from 2004, not 2001. My bad.

Re:Dupe: Pacmanhattan! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12742280)

hey smarty-pants, the pacmanhattan project was from 2004. i thought pacmanhattan was kind of a cheap hack, what with players having to stop and make telephone calls to get location updates. really it wasn't much more than some kooky costumes and a funny video to show at the ITP show that spring. looks like someone finally did it right with GPS.

Think about the possibilities (3, Interesting)

dczanik (713788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12738861)

While these folks may look funny, I think augmented Reality is a very exciting area. Think of the military training, and gaming possibilities. It's one step closer to the holodeck.

Thought Doom was scary? Imagine playing Doom, but the monsters are in your house, and in your neighborhood.

What about Co-op? It could be set up so you can look however you want to your team. Sure, you may be a 90 lb. ugly geek, but your game character could look like an 8 foot Predator alien.

Think of the military too. It's a cheap way to teach the soldiers. A Virtual America's Army game? What about virtual tracers rounds?

And like every new technology, think of the pr0n possibilities!

Mixed gender? (2, Funny)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12739068)

"Mixed Reality Pacman"

Better than mixed gender Pacman, I guess.

pacmanhattan (2, Informative)

degraeve (780907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12739145)

Has been going on in the US for a while: []

Re:pacmanhattan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12750892)

Has been going on in Canada, as well: []

Mixed Reality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12744153)

I always thought it was called augmented reality. []

OSS Augmented reality (1)

S3D (745318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12744625)

Luckily, most of Augmented/Mixed reality packages used by researcher is OSS.They are pretty easy to use for any hobbist with web-camera and C++ expirience. Some can be esily ported to Pocket PC.
Most used are :
ARToolkit []
MXR Toolkit []

Possibilities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12746138)

I remember seeing a video a bit back that showed how they could insert virtual things without a bluescreen, and these things interacted with real world objects like tables and such (in the video he drops a virtual hummer toy onto a table and it hits the table and bounces realistically)
combine that technology (demons can't clip through your table) with this, and we could have some awesome FPS action.
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