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Shadow Cities and the Future of Location-Based Games


Award-winning Shadow Cities is the first location-based MMORPG in the world. Shadow Cities changes your iPhone into a magic device, allowing you to access a secret world all around you. This presentation discusses the lessons behind the innovativeness of Shadow Cities. First, using the real world as your level design makes your game always inherently unfair. Second, critical mass is a hassle. Third, you play with your neighbors more than with your friends. In the landscape of the real world, the tried and true lessons of MUDs and MMORPGs no longer apply and game design must find new solutions.

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  • GDC 2012
  • Markus Montola
  • Grey Area
  • free content
  • Smartphone and Tablet Games Summit
  • Smartphone / Tablet Games