Some camera crews also covered our Tidy City mission at PLACCC in Budapest. In the first video you can see national celebrities Young G and Stereo 2.0 compete against each other while trying to solve a riddle. The second video is a more serious documentation of the game (skip to 20:44 for Tidy City).
While Tidy City is still running today and tomorrow, we have already returned home and left the game in the competent hands of the local organizers. It was a great experience and I think we created an interesting mission that does not focus on the famous sights (of which there are plenty in Budapest) but rather on local events and unusual history. The mission is available in Hungarian and English, so you can also try your luck when visiting Budapest next time. It might be a good idea to get a local to help though as otherwise riddles like this might be tricky:
Do not look at the girl!
Last straw? Banking-replacement? Magic? While the ancient alchemists strived to transform base metals to gold, the well-known owner of this outlet transforms gold into Hungarian Ft and produces remarkably tasteful commercials at the same time. In some sense this represents the opposite of one of the figures in another riddle. Another possible hint: despite common sense the shop does not sell chess figures.
Together with our Tidy City game designer Michael Straubig we are currently in Budapest and preparing a local Tidy City mission. With the great help of local dramaturg Kriszti Kovacs we have collected all pictures and GPS positions needed for the task and are now in riddle-writing mode.
Here is a sneak peak of one of the characters you are going to meet during the game:
The game will be staged during the PLACCC festival which features various site-specific performances and art in public spaces. You can play Tidy City from September 21st until 25th every afternoon, and we also provide you with smartphones. Our base is Cafe Jedermann in the 9th district.
So in case you are in Budapest, and in case you like to think on your feet (and walk on your feet) stop by and explore the city with Tidy City!
Our friends of the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin (Museum for Computer Games) participated in the "Lange Nacht der Museen" (Long night of the Museums) two weeks ago. During this event all museums in Berlin are open until very late and people can just buy one ticket to visit all of them.
They also created a mission for Tidy City around Karl-Marx-Allee and handed out smartphones to interested visitors who could then try to solve the mysterious mess that waited for them. Maybe we will soon see some more missions in Berlin?
While the days before the Wandertag were rather rainy and cold, yesterday the weather was just perfect for a nice stroll around the outskirts of Bonn. As every year, quite a few people participated and Campus Birlinghoven was packed with people.
Tidy City was played by some of the hikers, and especially families. Feedback was good, but especially battery drain prooved to be a problem on the longer hiking tracks (12.5km for example). Nevertheless we hope we inspired players to now go out and create their own missions!
The local newspaper Genral-Anzeiger in Bonn oranizes a hiking day every year. Participants have a choice of hiking the "family route", or 10km, 20km or even 30km. Several thousand people participate usually, and for this year we have created accompanying missions for Tidy City - as the hiking tour starts on our campus. There is even a price for the best player!
If you are near Bonn, this Sunday (September 2nd) is a great opportunity to explore the marvellous surroundings - and play some Tidy City.
This year we used the chance to present TidyCity on the Girlsday again. The Girlsday is a popular event in Germany that allows school girls to have a look at professions that are typically persued by men as it is often the case e.g. in the computer science sector. The event shall bolster girls with interest in these topics to further investigate them and might ultimately help with the career choice of the girls.
Today we offered two workshops for playing TidyCity on our campus. In total 17 girls between 13 and 17 participated and played in groups of two or three girls. Below you see some impressions of the day.
Group photo of the first workshop on mobile games.
With so many girls playing the same mission at once you have to be quick to solve more riddles than the others.
These girls experienced that GPS signals are not always perfect...
Teamwork always helps to solve riddles quickly!
On such a beautiful campus playing TidyCity is even more fun!