Google Glass Getting Video Game Attention

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-08-18 Print this article Print
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McCracken publicly unveiled his nascent game for Glass for the first time in an Aug. 4 post on his Google+ page. He even posted a short video of the game's play on Instagram to show off his ideas. "I saw the opportunity," said McCracken, who said he is the lead game developer for Highland Games. "I literally told my bosses that I am going to be one of the first guys to make Glass games. I had no idea how powerful glass would be."

So far, the first level of the game is done, and he's offered it for free to every early Google Glass Explorer who is using the devices. "It's still very difficult to run the app because the operating system for Glass is still very limited," he said.

He had posted a description of the game on Tumblr, through Google+ and Twitter, and on a special Glass page available to early Explorers. "I'm getting about 50 emails a day asking for the game and about another 50 a day from people saying that they can't install it. You need developer tools to install it."

McCracken said his plans for the game call for three levels that he's planned out so far, which will include various features using the gyroscope and different design options for each level. "I don't want to give too many details," he added.

"This has been one of the hardest games I've ever made," he said. "Luckily, I have the background in making gyro-only games, and I've done a lot of augmented reality projects for different companies."

He's looking forward to continuing the game's development in the future, particularly by adding touch commands, he said. With a friend, he is also developing a Glass controller using an Android phone that mimics a traditional video game controller so that Glass games can get more typical controls.

Google Glass has been a topic of conversation among techies since news of it first arrived in 2012. The first Google Glass units began shipping in April 2013 to developers who signed up at the June 2012 Google I/O conference to buy an early set for $1,500 for testing and development, where it was the hit of the conference. 

In February 2013, Google expanded its nascent test project for its Glass eyewear-mounted computer by inviting interested applicants to submit #ifihadglass proposals for a chance to buy an early model and become part of its continuing development. In March, Google also began notifying a pool of applicants who were selected to purchase the first 8,000 sets of Google Glass when they become available for real-world use and testing later this year by consumers.

Each Google Glass device includes adjustable nose pads and a high-resolution display that Google said is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away. The glasses also feature a built-in camera that takes 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p. Audio is delivered to wearers through their bones, using bone-conduction transducers.


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