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Skirmos: Open Source Laser Tag

I was Googling “laser tag” the other day, trying to find somewhere local to play, and the link for something called Skirmos: Open Source Laser Tag came up in the results.  It turned out to be a Kickstarter-funded, Arduino-based laser tag gun, and it looks pretty sweet!   The gun has lots of cool features, including: Glowing LED lights inside LCD screen that shows important info and stats Rumble vibration MP3/Wave sound card And the open source part means that you can program the guns however you like, making your own play modes, setting certain constraints, and probably a whole bunch…

Physical Games Continued

I’ve been reading some more about these types of games since Monday.  Here are some more names I’ve found along the way: Urban games Street games Location-based games GPS games Alternative games Pervasive games New sports And of course, Augmented Reality Games fit in here somewhere as well This How Stuff Works article on Urban Gaming uses the fun term of “human scale” to differentiate urban games from tabletop or computer games  (as in, the playspace is generally larger, human-sized), and I like that a lot.  But that article also says that all urban games incorporate technology, which may or…

Physical Games

Over the weekend I got to play laser tag for maybe the third time in my life, and now my heart is all lit up with excitement over physical games!  I guess most people would just call these “sports,” but I feel like the games I’m interested in talking about here kind of fall into a different category than, or maybe a sub-category of “sports.”  Non-traditional sports?  Physical games?  Sports with an immersive element?  I really don’t know!  But let’s talk about it anyway! Why is laser tag so awesome?  Of course, I love the immersion and the novelty.  You…