March 13, 2015
At this point I’d wager there aren’t many people who haven’t heard about Oculus Rift. The virtual reality gaming company was purchased by Facebook not long ago, prompting speculation about the future of virtual reality, social media, and video games.
But there’s another game company, Fantasmo Studios, that doesn’t think virtual reality is the future of gaming. Case in point, they’ve developed an all new platform that brings the best of virtual reality to the table without the clunky headsets: integrated reality.
Project BLAM, Fantasmo’s game that leverages integrated reality, will be demoing their newly developed platform this year at #SXSW, from March 14 to 17 from 10 am to 10 pm daily. Attendees will have the opportunity to play Project BLAM on 4th and Congress with the Fantasmo Street Team.
The game places a digital layer on top of the real world that allows characters inside the game to interact with the space as if they were physically present in the real world. Reminiscent of the old-school arcade game Rampage,Project BLAM lets players use their iPhone to blast an angry gorilla off the buildings around them to save the city and earn points.
Available for download at #SXSW, the top scoring Project BLAM players will win an iPad Mini. But beyond that, the Fantasmo Studios team is using the minigame at #SXSW demonstrates the basic capabilities of their S.H.i.F.T. (Super Happy integrated Fun Time) Platform and give a glimpse into the applications of the completed platform. Fantasmo plans to release its first full game in Q4 2015.
Although the founders hail from New York City, they recently found a new home as part of the Techstars Cloud 2015 program in San Antonio, Texas. If you think you’ve got the stuff to take on an angry gorilla, swing by and check Fantasmo Studios out at #SXSW.
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