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GPS service to enable gamers to import their location into video games as a non playing character

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180560D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Video game developers have recently begun to focus on incorporating real-time gps locations of animals, cars, etc into games. These solutions are lacking in the scenario where a gamer wants to be part of the game when they are not playing. This document describes a system where the user opts-in for a service that allows their global positioning service ( GPS ) coordinates to be tracked an imported into the game and used to control a non-playing character ( NPC ).

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GPS service to enable gamers to import their location into video games as a non playing character

This document describes a system where the user opts-in for a service that allows their global positioning service ( GPS ) coordinates to be tracked and imported into a game and used to control a non-playing character ( NPC ). This idea becomes especially interesting in games that are using realistic cities as the playing area. The system could be setup to allow for complete anonymity or the user could allow specific friends to see this information and mapped to a NPC that looks similar to the player. In the case with friends using the information the system could also provide a notification system, for example Short message service ( SMS ) based, to alert them when there is an interaction with the NPC being controlled by their movements. The friend could also include a personalized message with the alert.

An example of this system is that a user signs up for this service and allows their friend to import their GPS location into a game. While the friend is driving around in a virtual version of their hometown they encounter the player crossing the street. The friends decides to interact with the player by running him over and then gets out of the car and takes the players money. An automatic alert is generated and the friend includes the custom tex...