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Four vans park on the beach, each marking a corner of
square. On a trailer parked between two vans a huge
screen is erected with a few hundred lightbulbs on it. The
classic 70s computer game Pong appears on it. Two cell
companies play against each other. You can move a 'bat' left
right by running in the direction of either of two vans
with the logo of your phone company.
Just by yourself you can't make the bat move fast enough to
hit the ball (the representation of the ball on the screen
that is). You need help. A dozen or more people with
phones running _in the same_ direction can make the bat
move fast enough to catch the ball. The subscribers of the
other brand do the same. But you can slow them down
you run to their side of the field and run in the opposite
direction of where they are going. You can't make their bat
move, you can only slow their bat down. But be careful, if
they hit the ball you have to run *fast* to your side of the
field to be back in time to move your bat.
Everyone with a cell phone of either of the two companies
join. If the field is too small for the number of players, the
vans drive away from each other to enlarge the square.
Inside the vans is the cross-triangulation technology (?)
keep track of the positions of the players and the computer
for feedback to the screen.
The vans have an open window where you can switch
the other brand of cellphone if you really want to be in the
team with all your friends if they happen to be all
subscribed to the same brand. And you can buy new credit,
phone, a new charged battery and all sorts of goodies. If
you're not a subscriber to either of the two companies you
buy a prepaid SIM-card to put in your phone.
Individual players can be motivated to keep playing, by
personal high score for them, based on the time in the field
accumulated scores in that period. To get this they have to
send an SMS to a
special screen on the rooftop of the van. Your cell-
number is then listed on a high-score list with phone-
numbers. Everyone can call or send SMS messages to the
winner to congratulate, distract, discuss strategies or invite
for the next Pong event.
Each new game is announced with SMS messages that also
the previous scores, personalised with the scores for the
It's up to the phone companies to encourage groups of
to be on the beach by announcing the event on the
or something. It's about brand loyalty because everyone has
cell phone already (at least here in the Netherlands) and
new subscribers can be found.
Ideally all phone companies join in these games nationally
internationally. On their websites they can each portray
top-players with their high-scores. Maybe even give prices
them, like extra phone credit. Professional Pong players will
appear on the scene if
the price money is high enough.
Top events with only
professional players (one can't join by just running
onto the field) can be broadcast on television with camera's
on top of each van (or trucks by then). Guinness Book of
Records games can also be organised, the highest number of
players successfully playing for an x-number of minutes
without missing the ball.
Pong on a building in Berlin
call to play Pong with the room lights in a high-rise building [rrr, Aug 25 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
(?) Pong to the edge of the universe
Funny epic version in Flash about two Pong players [rrr, Aug 25 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
World's smallest Pong game
play Pong with a few pixels and your cursor-keys (in Flash) [rrr, Aug 25 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
positioning technology based on 802.11
Or with Wi-Fi equipment instead of GSM [rrr, Oct 20 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
NewsBreaker Live - interactive cinema game
Sort of baked, but with a crowd in a movie theater and it is not pong and no mobile phones, but just waving hands and bodies. [rrr, May 27 2007]
||ºº| Player 1 |ATARI ® PONG|Player 2|º²
AVOID MISSING BALL FOR HIGH SCORE
||At last, a sport for the digital age.
||"Pong to the edge of the universe" is great.
||'wax, that's a thing of beauty.
||I didn't read the idea, though. Should I vote for it?
||It's an interesting concept. I don't think people are *that*
loyal to their phone companies though.
||So...cells come standard with a means to cheaply accurately triangulate the position of a specific user, even in a large crowd of users? Uh oh.
||// pong to the edge of the universe //
||Proof positive that God does not play dice. He plays Pong!
||Yes nick_n_uit, with current GSM technology you can
determine the position of a cellphone accurately on a few
hundred meters. With antennas around the field it should
be possible to be more precise. You don't have to
calculate the exact location of each phone, you just cut
up the field in a matrix and count the density of phones
of either company in each square.
||Gotta admit, just read the idea, and I love it. Completely melds sport with a video game. Plus, its a very popular video game (was). Definitely like the idea of makeing it into a business loyalty thing. Interesting......very Interesting.