Hard-boiled Android-toting gamers are in for a treat with Life is Crime, a new, location-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game (RPG).
The content and feel of Life is Crime is very similar to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series, particularly Chinatown Wars (which you can get through that referral link to Amazon for Nintendo DS or Sony PSP). After creating your own character, you are tasked with rising in the ranks of the organized crime world in your city.
Life is Crime is Location-Based
The novelty of Life is Crime is the integration of location-based technology. Using your phone’s GPS, Life is Crime notates your location and loads a map of where you are in real-time. The maps include various shops and businesses nearby where you can participate in various criminal activities.
If the information is available, the game will load the real-life names of the restaurants, bars, or businesses in your map. While some might oppose the similarities with reality, integrating this level of detail into the game creates an unprecedented link between your life in the real world and your activities in the game. In the Freudian sense, it’s uncanny.
Because of this connection with your location, the game evolves as you move in real life. The locations and activities available when you are playing at home will be different than the ones when you are at the office or a local coffee shop.
Life is Crime Uses Location for Multiplayer Interaction
Life is Crime is not the only massively multiplayer online (MMO) game by a long shot. It is, however, the first game that I’ve seen that handles multiplayer interaction depending upon each gamers location.
As more people start playing Life is Crime in your area, there is more competition among the various locations in your city with leaderboards and player-versus-player fighting. In Life is Crime, you aren’t playing against random people anywhere in the world; you are playing with and against people in your city or neighborhood, interacting with the same real-world locations.
Life is Crime is a free download through the Google Android Market. Start your criminal career today.
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