Father.10 Turns The World Into Your Laser Tag Arena

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The world is your arena….if you’re talking about laser tag and Father.10.  That’s the basic concept behind Father.10, a MMOFPS (Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter) game.  The company is launching on Indiegogo, aiming to raise $50,000.

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There are many laser tag games out there, but once again, Father.10 is different.  It works via a combination of an app and a keychain-sized module – the $25 ‘Inceptor’ which you attach to your smartphone and connect via Bluetooth.  It uses infrared light to shoot other players, and works up to 50 meters away.  The game puts you at war with people both around your area and around the world as well.  If would be just like any other shooting game if it were not for its ability to incorporate your physical surroundings into the gameplay.

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The app uses data from OpenStreetMap to let you interact with over 12 million locations in the real world.  That means that your banks, shops, and even grocery stores can become bases for your gameplay for things like resupplying weapons and gadgets.  A hospital might serve as a health recover center, and you can also create virtual structures if you’d prefer.  It also has an onboard ARM MO processor, Bluetooth for interfacing with your phone.  Six infrared receiving sensors are designed to detect shots from any angle or direction at an estimated range of about 50 m.  You can either challenge whoever’s in the area.  The main “humans versus evolved” faction war restarts every three months.

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The most impressive aspect is the price:  The app is free, and the Inceptor module will cost $25 retail.  Pledges start at $20 and goes all the way up to $10,000 for a party pack consising of 10 inceptors, two launch party tickets and a few other perks.  If everything goes as planned, the Inceptors should start shipping around the middle of this year.