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This New App Will Turn Sightseeing In Melbourne Into an Augmented Reality Game

Set to launch in 2020, it combines augmented reality, public art and games design to showcase the city.
By Sarah Ward
December 23, 2018
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This New App Will Turn Sightseeing In Melbourne Into an Augmented Reality Game

Set to launch in 2020, it combines augmented reality, public art and games design to showcase the city.
By Sarah Ward
December 23, 2018
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Exploring a city while staring at your phone might seem counter-intuitive, but it's how most of us wander through the world these days. If you're a Melburnian looking to play tourist in your own town or a visitor to the Victorian capital trying to find your way around, you'll soon have an excuse to keep checking the screen that's always glued your hand: a guide to the city that's also a game.

Announced this week by the Victorian Government64 Ways of Being is an app that helps users see the sights of Melbourne, with a focus not only on the CBD, but on the surrounding suburbs out to Braybrook in the west to Elwood in the south. While you're spotting things around you, the free app will combine augmented reality, public art and games design to show exclusively commissioned artworks on your screen. Expect rotating live theatre performances, street art and digital AR elements to pop up on your phone.

More than that, 64 Ways of Being has a playable component. It's not just about letting users spy special artworks via the app — it's about encouraging you to catch 'em all. If you've long had enough of Pokemon Go, consider this the touristy alternative. The aim is to get everyone exploring as much of the city as possible, obviously, but we all know that the lure to keep upping your tally will be hard to ignore.

The Victoria Government will invest $950,000 in the app, which is expected to launch in 2020. A collaborative effort by Dr Troy Innocent, a Victorian artist, educator and coder; games studio Millipede; and 'one step at a time like this', a performance collective, 64 Ways of Being will be designed to allow new artworks and locations to be added in the future — including the possibility of rolling out the app to other cities.

For further information about 64 Ways of Being, check out the project's Instagram feed.

Images: Visit Victoria, Roberto Seba / 64 Ways of Being.

Published on December 23, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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