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    Hey, precentral folks!

    So, you may know Self Aware Games from our previous apps, Word Ace, Card Ace: Hold 'Em & Card Ace: Blackjack. We're a few weeks away from releasing our latest app on webOS - a combination of all three of our previous games with an awesome new social browser and a whole bunch of upgrades called Card Ace: Casino. But that's actually not what I'm here to tell you about.

    We've been working on something I think is pretty revolutionary. When you consider all the things that this new wave of mobile devices do, and webOS in particular, with its robust multitasking - there's a sort of "holy grail" of games that takes advantage of all the things that make the platform awesome. Persistent connectivity and location-awareness allow you to create the kinds of games you couldn't have even conceived of even as recently as a year ago. But building a game that really takes advantage of those things is a really daunting challenge. You can build location-aware games that really aren't all that interesting pretty easily, but making something that you can play anywhere, any time, and actually have it use the information around you? It's a ridiculously complicated, extremely large-scale project.

    But we're doing it anyway.

    The interesting thing is, we're building it "backwards". Normally, in game development, you take a lot of time to build a lot of complex stuff, and when it all works exactly like you want, and the whole thing's completely polished and complete, you then push it live, and get people to play it.

    The interesting thing about a project of this scope is that that's not actually the best way to do it. For Fleck, we built the foundation, pushed it live in a very limited beta, and continued to build the world while we had people running around in it. Now, we've launched it on Fleck - A Self Aware Game - and we're hoping you'll check it out.

    How, you might ask, is a Flash app going to be location-aware and really show off the best features of a mobile device? Well, once you jump in, you'll see that it's a massively multiplayer virtual world that takes place on a map of the *real* world. And it pulls in all sorts of real-world data, from restaurants to weather to (coming in the next few days) geotagged photos, tweets, and the like.

    You can jump into Fleck wherever you are, and it'll grab info about the world around you. You can hop in with hundreds of people who have been playing for the last few months. Jump into some zombie-shooting combat, plant a bunch of stuff, or take over all the restaurants in your neighborhood. Hunt for treasure, solve some scavenger hunts, or complete a variety of quests to earn XP & level up.

    This will be coming to webOS early next year - but in the meantime, *you* can help shape the world. Jump into Fleck and give it a spin. We've got a feedback box right in Fleck, so if you've got suggestions, or problems, or ideas, just write 'em in the feedback box. We read every single thing that's submitted, so your input can help Fleck grow into something completely mindbogglingly awesome. New features are added all the time, so every day the world's evolving into something new.

    I hope you get a chance to check it out!
    Fleck - A Self Aware Game

    Thanks!
    seppo
    Lead Designer, Self Aware Games
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    I love this game. I tried the beta, and fighting zombies on google maps is amazing! this is one of the most original ideas i've seen in years! This will be an awesome game on webos
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    Quote Originally Posted by louis6279 View Post
    I love this game. I tried the beta, and fighting zombies on google maps is amazing! this is one of the most original ideas i've seen in years! This will be an awesome game on webos
    Thanks! Zombie combat (which actually is *just* getting a big update as we speak) is just one aspect of the game - we're really trying to get as much real-world data integrated into the game as possible - basically, the idea is to make Fleck a way to see all the information around you, in your neighborhood, in a whole new way, and give you a really fun way to interact with it with your friends.

    Thanks for check it out!
    seppo
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    Is there a possibility the game will be released before 2011? That would really awesome if its released by CHristmas
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    Quote Originally Posted by louis6279 View Post
    Is there a possibility the game will be released before 2011? That would really awesome if its released by CHristmas
    Unfortunately, no. It'll be sometime in the first part of 2011. But you can play it on the web as much as you like now.
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    Needs a log out button once logged in (left that feedback via the site, although sign on as a different user effectively is the same thing)

    Will check it out more later but interesting!
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    bela fleck is awesome.
    great shows!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottymomo View Post
    Needs a log out button once logged in (left that feedback via the site, although sign on as a different user effectively is the same thing)

    Will check it out more later but interesting!
    Hey, Scotty - saw the feedback in the logs, and I think that's smart, because sometimes you want to just log out if you're at a public computer. Will add it at some point when we get a chance.

    Also, for those that haven't had a chance to check it out yet, here's an image of what it looks like:



    It's not just about plants, though - it's about ... lots of stuff, including zombies!



    Thanks!
    seppo
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    login via facebook is a non starter for me. Pls have alternate login method
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    Quote Originally Posted by codecrumb View Post
    login via facebook is a non starter for me. Pls have alternate login method
    Yeah, that's a temporary restriction - we're going to be adding a variety of other logins, as well as a straightforward username/password setup. But Facebook for auth was the fastest option, so we went with that.

    seppo
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    Hey, all - I figure while a lot of people are probably waiting for the TouchPad, if you didn't, and already have an iPad, you can check out Fleck on the iPad - it's available now!

    Fleck Touch for iPad on the iTunes App Store

    Cheers!
    seppo
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    I've played Fleck for a bit. The idea is awesome and the social integration is top notch. You all should check it out.

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