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The Wild West On Your Mobile Phone

Mobslinger Mobile Phone Game Mobslinger Mobile Phone Game

InfoLab21 researchers have won an award for mobile game design at the recent International Conference in Computer Game Design and Technology.

"Mobslinger" is a proximity based spontaneously socially interactive game which takes the form of a wild west, quick draw, 'shoot-em-up'.

The award is for the Best Paper at the recent International Conference in Computer Game Design and Technology. Their paper "A Seredipitous Mobile Game" describes their Mobslinger game which is a proximity based spontaneously socially interactive game.

Mobslinger uses Bluetooth to detect the presence of other users in the vicinity who are also running the mobslinger game. Once detected, a countdown timer is initiated on both phones which alerts the user by sounding an alarm and vibrating the phone. The user then has to 'draw' their mobile and enter the randomly generated number which has appeared on the screen as quickly as possible. The person with the quickest draw is the winner "killing" the loser.

The game is playable in a number of different modes, including Quick Draw, Bloodbath, Last Man Standing, and Outlaws.

Thu 18 January 2007