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What Gaming Looks Like on Google Glass

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Mini-Games for Glass

Although Google Glass doesn’t provide augmented reality, that doesn’t mean gaming is out of the question. In a recent post to its Glass developer blog, Google details concepts for Glass-friendly games in an effort to nudge app-makers into the gaming territory.

“With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” Google says in its post. “We hacked together five simple games that experiment with the unique features of Glass and demonstrate some of the possibilities for gaming.”

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The gaming concepts shown in the video are simple ideas that leverage Glass’ accelerometer and gyroscope. For instance, one game called Balance requires you to shift your head from side to side to keep a virtual pile of shapes from toppling over. A Fruit Ninja-esque Shape Splitter game lets you slice shapes shown on the wearable display’s transparent screen by moving your finger in front of the camera.

Although Google is pushing these possibilities on developers, this isn’t the first instance of Glass gaming we’ve seen. Last year Glass wearer Brandyn White hacked Google Glass to play “Super Mario Bros.” with his eyes. In short, White inserted a 3D-printed webcam from Formlabs into Google’s headset to enable eye-tracking while running an NES emulator to play the classic Nintendo game.

Google’s video game concepts definitely seem simple enough to easily play on a device such as Glass. However, watching Glass-wearers swipe at the space in front of them and tilt their heads while staring into space may be more entertaining than the games themselves.

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    derzemel , January 29, 2014 7:04 AM
    yes, I would like to walk on the street yelling: PULL!!!!! .... BANG!! BANG!!! while tilting my head right and left and back and forth like I'm having constant neck issues
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    assasin32 , January 29, 2014 7:25 AM
    The only game I wouldn't mind playing on glass would be chess if you remember all the pieces and spaces. "Knight to D6", I can see this working but and a select few other games but for the most part gaming on this thing just sounds like a pain in the neck and will bound to make you look stupid.
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    JD88 , January 29, 2014 7:39 AM
    When I read the title of this article I was skeptical and almost laughed, but this actually looks very cool.
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    Avus , January 29, 2014 7:48 AM
    $1500 for these stupid games?? no thanks
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    capt_taco , January 29, 2014 7:58 AM
    Google Glass, nothing. You should see what gaming looks like on ketamine.
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    gmarsack , January 29, 2014 8:14 AM
    I'm going to make a Google Glass game called, Sun Stare and you get points for every second you stare into the sun. You can then compete with other Glass users through a high-score leader board. Genius!
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    Parsian , January 29, 2014 8:19 AM
    it came first in Star Trek TNGhttp://youtu.be/is12anYx2Qs
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    gm0n3y , January 29, 2014 1:00 PM
    They really need to get the Kinect type technology to read the environment and make real AR games. Until then these won't really be very useful. I guess a game like Ingress could easily be made for Glass (I assume they are already doing this).
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    Cash091 , January 29, 2014 8:19 PM
    Quote:
    yes, I would like to walk on the street yelling: PULL!!!!! .... BANG!! BANG!!! while tilting my head right and left and back and forth like I'm having constant neck issues
    THAT'S how you get arrested!
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    brandonjclark , January 29, 2014 10:24 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    yes, I would like to walk on the street yelling: PULL!!!!! .... BANG!! BANG!!! while tilting my head right and left and back and forth like I'm having constant neck issues
    THAT'S how you get arrested!
    Or end up looking straight up retarded.
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    nebun , January 30, 2014 12:20 AM
    stupid...
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    virtualban , January 30, 2014 12:34 AM
    If I hear "Ok Glass, pull out", I can understand what kind of game 'they' were playing. :D  :D 
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    vaughn2k , January 31, 2014 5:41 AM
    I would really like to see people with the glass play with those games and take a video on them, and play it on youtube... :D 
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    kanevil , January 31, 2014 9:00 AM
    moronic idea... i would spend the money on the oculus rift instead!
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    MyraRCordes , January 31, 2014 2:11 PM
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    d_kuhn , February 2, 2014 4:17 PM
    Crap is the answer... gaming looks like crap on Gorilla Glass.
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    ethanolson , February 4, 2014 11:02 AM
    This is stupid-a loserville garbage.
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    buzznut , February 6, 2014 11:31 PM
    oh my god that's the lamest thing I've ever seen!!
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