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A few years ago, I went to a few OpenStreetMap mapping parties. I was lent a GPS receiver device, as I did not have one of my own and enjoyed wandering around, noting down street names and creating tracks. Most of the area where I live now is mapped very well by OpenStreetMap, so there is no need for me to create tracks for it.

Instead, I decided to log all the roads or paths I walked up during February, as I was interested in seeing them on a map.

I used a Qstarz BT-Q1000 GPS travel recorder to log the tracks. I only turned it on when I walked up roads or paths I had not previously logged.

I connected the travel recorder to my computer via USB and then copied the tracks onto my computer using GPSBabel and this command:
gpsbabel -t -w -i mtk,erase -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F out.gpx

I then loaded the tracks into GPSVisualizer. Most of the time, I copied the tracks the GPS recorder had created onto a new map, so that it all looked neater.

Map of where I think I walked in February 2011.

Individual bits of map of areas where I walked:
Oxford )
Bristol )
Bath )
Swindon )
Didcot )
Cheltenham )
Kilcot )
Newent )
Ross-on-Wye )
Symonds Yat )
Puzzlewood )
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail )
Gloucester )
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A few years ago, for my MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics, I did a project on pervasive games and immersion. The game I used for my study was a location-based game and at the time, phones with built in GPSs were less common than they are now. I started wondering how much location-based games had moved on since then and how popular they were now.

FourSquare is the game that sprung to mind to start with, and other similar games such as Gowalla, MyTown and BrightKite, but some of these are really just location based social networking (geo-social networking) as opposed to games.

I remembered playing mscape games, but they are no longer running. The future of mscape.

I started making my own list of location-based games.. Read more... )
I then found various lists: A list of location based mobile games, Location Based Social Networks, Location Based Social apps and games and there are also some listed in Wikipedia in the Location-based game entry. (Although most of those were listed there a few years ago, so aren't that new.)

For a lot of these games, I don't currently have the appropriate technology needed to play them, but hopefully one day I will. Not sure which I would play first though!

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