Epic Win and the rise of pervasive gaming

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmKwF_Si734 Epic Win is a role-playing productivity app that brings pervasive game mechanics to aspects of real world behaviour. In other words: it gives you points of doing your everyday chores. It also allows you to compete with others. There's been a lot of talk about pervasive gaming behaviours over the last few years. Foursquare is arguably the first of these pervasive games to reach anything like a mainstream audience (figures in June 2010 report it now has over 1 million check-ins per day). Whether or not Epic Win will repeat the success of Foursquar...

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Why Geolocation will be huge – Bright Young People, the London Treasure Hunt Riots and I-Spy books

There's an interesting article in Wired about geolocation. As you probably know geolocation is an idea that's burnt through a fair pile of VC cash in the last decade or so, and there are those who still think that 'telling everyone where you are' is something that will never become a mainstream activity. However, recently it seems that Foursquare and to a lesser extent Gowalla have changed sentiment about geolocation. Introducing a competitive element to the service seems to have moved the discussion away from privacy issues, to the more positive applications of geolocation. Having said t...

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