Namco mobile social networks geolocation games related patent.

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by FAST6191, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Doing my usual snout around the newly filed/released game related patents (getting harder as time drags on as the distinction games console when looking at embedded hardware in general and with the stuff going on in mobile phone and such world is rather nebulous) I found one from namco filed last July that seemed to be detailing what reads to me as an augmented reality patent for social network type games (the term social network is mentioned several times) using geolocation/location data- they appear to describe something like an augmented reality version of monopoly meets something like farmville (I also want to say Gangsters: Organized Crime but that reference might be a bit old) but it is left quite vague for the wiggle room by the looks of things.

    http://www.freepaten...12/0021836.html (I like this site far more than the USPTO if for no other reason than it actually works)

    The abstract is horrific and presumably translated almost literally (granted poetic license does not really exist in patent translation for obvious reasons) but here is is anyway
    Namco are something of an underrated force in the social network game world (although they have done a fair bit over the last few years culminating in the launch of BDNA Inc. last year) but this looks interesting. More curiously it might actually display some actual innovation or at least something I can not immediately shoot down with prior art (granted I am less than knowledgeable about social network games and some of the stuff that happened in augmented reality during the "early years") like the previous patent .

    I have always enjoyed similar concepts (operation inner space was a game I kept installed on new machines for a long time) and although I do not have a mobile phone or account on a social network it certainly intrigues me.