Sunday List: Five games revamped for the augmented reality experience.

With the success of Pokémon GO and all of the hoopla over the idea of these augmented reality apps, I wouldn’t be surprised if video game companies would try leasing other properties to smartphone app programmers. I’d like to throw my ideas out there for older games that I would like to see converted into this format. It’s not that I would play them, however—I’m not playing Pokémon GO, either. But I would think that these games would be a lot more fun, and it would be a lot more fun to watch the players.

  1. The Legend of Zelda series. This works especially well in cities with sewers that somebody can go through for the real dungeon experience. Palaces and other government buildings work as well, but the player must be aware that they’ll probably be arrested. Players should also be aware to not throw their smartphones like boomerangs.
  2. Metroid. This is a similar idea to the Zelda game, but geared more towards mine shafts. Morph balls only work for players who can actually do somersaults. To be fair, this would only work with augmented reality tunnels. The grappling gun would be difficult to simulate, though.
  3. Tetris. Admittedly, this could be very easy to make. Just have the blocks falling over the live background. However, a three dimensional element where the player has to spin around to build a wall around themselves would make the game more challenging, as would blocks that contain elements of the live background. (Sorry, this one isn’t as jokey. But as I wrote it I realize that it’s actually a pretty good idea.)
  4. The Grand Theft Auto series. Shooting sequences would work just fine for game sprites superimposed on a real-background, running behind buildings using the phone’s location settings. Plus, a lot of cars are coming with electronic door locks nowadays. Okay, fine, to make this legal think of it as a version of Car2Go, with various types of cars as opposed to smart cars, and the “stealing” could really be in-game purchases. But you actually have to pick the lock, otherwise you don’t get a ride to go anywhere.
  5. Dating Sims. Why not have a coach on your phone while you’re on a real date? You just hold up your phone to the person, and different dialogue boxes appear in front of them so you can chose what you want to say. the program’s A.I. could be programmed to bring up possible responses to what your date is selling. It’s possible to even superimpose a character over your date to make it less of an augmented-reality experience. This would be especially useful when your date walks out on you.
  6. Bonus: The Game Genie. This isn’t exactly a game, but what a better way to life hack? Just put in a code, and the phone makes it look everybody around is phone jumping. Be careful when using the “invincibility” code. It tends to glitch at times, especially when you walk into a car while playing games on your phone.

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