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From Cambridge's The Tap Lab, a visual timeline of location-based games

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 23, 2013 02:45 PM

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Just posting a nifty graphic that Dave Bisceglia shared last night at the "Mothers of Invention" show focused on gaming...

Bisceglia is co-founder of The Tap Lab, a Cambridge startup that last month released Tiny Tycoons, its second location-based game. While we haven't yet seen a breakout hit in the realm of games that depend on your standing in a particular spot to play or take some action (and Tiny Tycoons moves away from that idea), this is a pretty cool visual history of the attempts we've seen thus far. It mentions Boston-based SCVNGR, and also some of the enabling technologies that have made location-based games possible, like wifi positioning data from Skyhook, also in Boston.

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(The illustration is by Carrie Witt. I mentioned Bisceglia and The Tap Lab back in December, in this post.)

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