IGF 2009 Mobile Competition Entrant
Company: Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab (Cambridge, MA United States)
Game Website: http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/picopoke.php
Picopoke is an interpretive photo game which brings flexible play to a new level. The game revolves around weekly challenge rounds, involving fulfilling challenges by taking photos and voting to determine winners, both activities earning Picopoints! An expert player would acquire trophies and items to decorate a personalized photo gallery. Players are free to interpret how they tackle challenges, with the aspiration that their photos are attention-grabbing enough to impress the community. Voting has evolved such that it is no longer a simple thumbs-up or down, but is based on pre-determined adjectives.
Developed to be an online Facebook game, Picopoke takes advantage of the social networking community. Picopoke can also be played with mobile phones via multimedia messaging service (MMS), capturing moments spontaneously with camera phones. These technological advantages create a persistent game encouraging the players in different locations or time zones to share lived experiences. The game would take players away from the computer and would integrate seamlessly into their daily lives requiring a low time commitment.
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