ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 2    Issue : 6    Date : December 2007

In and out of Reality: Janus-Faced Location Awareness in Ubiquitous Games
Alexander Höhfeld
Page(s): 86-92
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Many future ubiquitous devices will be able to determine their precise physical position using
different types of localization techniques (e.g. GPS antennas for outdoor-, RFID tags, infrared
beacons or triangulation etc. in indoor settings). Especially for games in a mobile environment
usage of the devices, respectively player’s location will capacitate new game functionality and
content. Location Awareness in this context is twofold though, corresponding to the games’ focus:
Either the player’s actions can be influenced by providing additional information according to the
devices physical location (augmented or mixed reality) or location awareness directly or indirectly
alters content and state of the game (location immersion). This work focuses on the presentation of
two ubiquitous strategy games, which are based on the same uniform middleware for MANETs,
implementing the above mentioned different forms of location awareness.

Index Terms
Location Awareness, Mobile Learning, Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks, Ubiquitous and Pervasive
Strategy Games, Network Centric Operations.