About the Game
The first wave came as Robots from Space, void of life, only to destroy our world to make way for theirs. Of all the cities to launch an invasion they choose Pittsburghs South Side neighborhood and East Carson Street in particular, probably due to it being one of Americas largest Victorian Main Streets. If successful here they would launch a full-scale invasion. Within hours the South Side was deserted with only a few to save our planet. A squadron of Flying Saucers descended on South Side dropping Energy Canisters on the sidewalks, Robots in the streets that emitting lethal Energy Beams and Insect Robots guarding the side streets.
southsidego.com is a GPS enabled augmented reality game requiring the player to physically walk East Carson Street between 10th Street and 24th Street. This is a Web App with no installation required. The premise is simple, Alien Robots have invaded the South Side and the player must destroy them accumulating points as they do. These points can be redeemed at local South Side businesses.
How to Play
You MUST stop the Invaders from taking over out Planet! Walk up and down East Carson Street between 10th Street and 24th Street destroying the ROBOTS and ENERGY CANISTERS. Energy Canisters are worth 5 points each and Robots are worth 10 points each. If you are hit by any of the Robots energy beams you will loose 10 points. The minimum number of points you can redeem is 500.
BlocktoBlockGPS mode detects the block you are in and places you between the first two energy canisters in that block. When they are destroyed you are placed in front of an alien robot with its lethal energy beam. When the robot is destroyed you are then placed between two more energy canisters to be destroyed. Sometimes an Insect Robot that guards the side streets will stop in the middle of the intersection searching for life. This robot is very dangerous.
RealTimeGPS mode updates the 3D scene as you walk so you can destroy the energy canisters and robots as you walk.
PlayAnywhere mode enables you to play the game anywhere but with the points turned off. This mode will prepare you for the battle on the South Side.
The War of the Worlds
No one would have believed in the early years of the twenty-first century that our world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than ours and yet as mortal as our own; that as we busied ourselves about our various concerns we were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as with a microscope to scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency we went to and fro over this globe about our little affairs, serene in our assurance of our empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twenty-first century came the great alien invasion. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898