Namco Bandai Patent Details Ghost Tapping Alternate Reality Game

Namco Bandai, it seems, is working on an alternate reality game. A patent filed in the USPTO details a ghost tapping game played on a device that looks a lot like a Nintendo DS.

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Players start by taking a photo of an object, a house in this example. The game adds ghosts to the picture for you to tap for points.


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Ghosts can fly out of windows because the game deconstructs the image. Namco Bandai has a system that extracts features and looks for objects with a nested structure (points 20, 22, 24, and 26 in figure 6).


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The type of feature image determines what kind of monster pops out. The stereotypical ghost comes out of quadrangular image areas, like rectangular windows. A rabbit-like creature appears if there are elliptical imageareas.




This concept might be tough to flesh out into for a boxed game, but as an alternate reality shooter for DSiWare… or maybe 3DSWare this could be pretty neat.

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