|The newest booster for the multibillion dollar gaming industry happens to be Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Vice-President Philip McKinney. "Sitting in front of a TV is boring," says McKinney, in an interview. "Gaming is the new high-definition experience."|
McKinney & Co. unveiled a provocative new video clip offering a glimpse of the future.
The video shows a bunch of kids playing a virtual scavenger hunt on portable gaming machines. But instead of sitting on the couch at home or the swings at a park, they're racing along alleyways and backstreets of the real world collecting clues posted on walls and other places to find the prize.
|HP's labs scattered around the world have been experimenting with an open-source platform, called Mediascape, that lets programmers create games or teaching tools that wed the real and virtual worlds. It's based on a daring bet that in five to seven years advances in wireless broadband tech and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS) will open up a new mobile medium that will redefine our notions of online gaming.|
These plans appear to be long-term. Don't expect anything for a while.