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7:00 PM on 09.22.2012

TGS: Open Me, open you, open everything in the room

Augmented Reality games are a neat thing, but there aren't a lot of them which have captured my interest beyond that. But I've finally found one that I'm really into in the Sony booth at Tokyo Game Show. Open Me is a game whe...

Conrad Zimmerman


9:30 AM on 09.11.2012

Sony to show off 3D VR headset prototype at TGS

A new video on Sony's Japanese YouTube channel teases a prototype head-mounted display set to be unveiled at this year's Tokyo Game Show, during the public days (Sept 22 and 23). They call it the Prototype-SR and it features...

Dale North



Review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir  photo
Review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
by Jim Sterling

In theory, the idea behind Spirit Camera is brilliant. Exploiting the 3DS' augmented reality features to turn players into ghost hunters is a marvelous undertaking. I love the thought of scurrying around the house, pretending the 3DS is a magic camera that can see malevolent spirits in the real world. 

Unfortunately, there's a major setback to the whole thing, and it's apparent the moment you start the game. 

Spirit Camera is an eerie ghost story that warns you, from the outset, that it needs to be played in a well lit area. 

That's just the first problem, too.

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Club Nintendo peeps and more get free Kid Icarus AR cards photo
Club Nintendo peeps and more get free Kid Icarus AR cards
by Tony Ponce

One of the hooks of the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising is the use of AR Cards to play special augmented reality minigames. The game itself will come with six cards randomly drawn from a pool of 20, but there are still tons of others to obtain. How can you get your greedy hands on some of the more elusive cards?

The easiest way is to be a Club Nintendo member. While supplies last, members can visit the Kid Icarus: Uprising card giveaway page and order a pack that includes "Great Reaper," "Drill Arm," and a rare "Palutena." If you aren't a member -- and really, you ought to be if you want to have some kind of proof of your digital purchases -- sign-ups are always free.

In addition, Game Informer and Nintendo Power subscribers will receive exclusive cards of their own, as will the first 250 Kid Icarus: Uprising purchasers on launch day at the Nintendo World Store. Packs will also be distributed at various events throughout the year, such as WonderCon and PAX East. So fire up the collector's spirit within and start hunting, you rabid consumer monkeys!

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8:45 PM on 03.11.2012

GDC: Sony shows markerless, cardless AR tech on Vita

On the GDC show floor Sony showed several working examples of Magnet (working title), a new series of demos showing off augmented reality technology that does not require AR cards or any other type of special markers to funct...

Dale North



Impressions: PS Vita's free AR games  photo
Impressions: PS Vita's free AR games
by Jim Sterling

Just in time for the PlayStation Vita's North American launch, a trio of free games bounced onto the PlayStation Store, hoping to demonstrate the handheld's augmented reality gameplay. You might notice that your Vita came packaged with mystical tarot cards bearing eldritch runes. Do not burn them in green fire as a sacrifice to your Gods -- they have a purpose. 

You'll need those cards to play soccer, make people jump into cliffs and detonate fireworks. Surely that's a much better hobby than all those pagan rituals of yours.

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3:00 PM on 01.12.2012

CES: PlayStation Vita has augmented reality cards too

One of the neater aspects of portable gaming to come about in recent years is the advent of augmented reality experiences. We're seeing them crop up all over the place now, as every handheld device with a screen, a camera and...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:15 PM on 10.06.2011

Kojima: Cloud is the future, games need a 'head chef'

Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima has embraced a future where Cloud delivery and augmented reality take hold, joining a growing cabal of developers who believe that consoles are on the way out and game streaming is on th...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 07.23.2011

SDCC: Check out Nintendo's big ol' AR cards for 3DS

Nintendo has a gaming lounge set up right next door to the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is taking place. In the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, right outside and to the right, is the N...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 07.08.2011

Project Mimicry lets you play a real-life sandbox game

The Dutch indies at Monobanda have created a true digital sandbox in the most literal sense possible -- one with real sand. Using manual labor, you shape and create an augmented reality landscape that is affected by, and proj...

Maurice Tan

8:30 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: Here are your special E3 2011 Pokedex 3D AR cards

Crap! The media room at E3 is about to close! We've got crap loads of work to do, but before I'm totally buried, I wanted to give you these E3 exclusive Pokedex 3D AR cards. Download your free Pokedex 3D app from the 3DS store, touch the gear, select AR Viewer, then watch them Poke-mans pop out of your computer screen. I love it!

Jonathan Holmes