In this GPS-based multiplayer game for Android phones, players race
each other around their neighborood in search of virtual poker cards.
The player with the best hand when time is up is the winner.
GPS is used to locate players and distribute cards. A dedicated server
coordinates all of the interaction between players and deals out the
cards to the players using PHP scripts and a MySQL database. Game logs
are used for city planning research to observe how players travel
through urban areas.
I wrote this game for a new division of the Berkeley Center for New
Media originally called the Mobile Game Research Lab, now known as the Social App Lab @ Citris. Funding was provided by the
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities as part of their G.R.O.U.P. Summer Apprenticeship program of which I was awarded a position for the Summer of 2010. It is the first mobile game
that I have publicly released, so feedback is greatly appreciated.