Beyond Check-Ins: Location Based Game Design

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Saturday 12th March, 2011

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

This dual presentation will explore common play elements in location-based games. We’ll analyze the popular "Check-In" mechanic (used by products like FourSquare and GoWalla), and take a look at the business and social forces that have influenced its emergence as the popular geo game model.

The presentation will compare current location-based products, charting their strengths and weaknesses to identify where we believe large areas of opportunity exist in the market.

We'll evaluate the challenges and untapped opportunities of Geo Games from the technological and design perspectives of the two presenters. We’ll outline how the limitations in location technology can be an elegant part of the game design itself, and how new innovations will help to create richer and more immersive parallel worlds.

We’ll describe why we think its time to move beyond "social" Check-In systems, to “true games” that engage, challenge, and stimulate players.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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John-Paul Walton

Co-founder of Retronyms and Dokogeo. Makers of fun software - like Recorder, FourTrack, and Dokobots! bio from Twitter

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Zach Saul

We're a Geogames studio focused on software that encourages active outdoor fun and exploration. We just launched Dokobots! Play for free at http://dokobots.com bio from Twitter

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When

Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Sat 12th March 2011

Where

Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

Session type

Dual

Session Hash Tag

#geogames

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