Pong creator kickstarting AR mobile quiz game

Written by David Hing

July 15, 2013 // 7:47 a.m.

Tags: #augmented-reality #kickstarter #mobile #pong #seriously

Pong creator Allan Alcorn and veteran game producer Roger Hector have launched a Kickstarter campaign for an augmented reality mobile quiz game.

The game, called Seriously?! will run on smartphones and tablets and will feature a 'Siri-like' host to keep you and your friends in check on the quiz. The app will read from a deck of special question cards to provide answers and to make additional comments.

The virtual host will keep the game moving along with an added threat of 'mouthing off' if you and your friends don't keep paying attention. There are also plans to include different celebrity voices for the host.

Alcorn and Hector's uGetit team is asking for $100,000 through Kickstarter and all backers are invited to send in their own trivia questions to be included in the title. Anyone whose questions are actually used will subsequently receive a game designer credit.

'It's going to definitely be fun because we're tapping into some of the most twisted creative experts on pop culture: You,' said Hector.

The quiz categories that the team is asking for include people, places and things, historical stuff, picture or video questions, show business and strange and miscellaneous.

'Special emphasis is given to subjects that are funny, creepy, funny, disgusting, funny, bizarre, or insanely funny,' reads the Kickstarter pitch.

Pledging $500 or more to the campaign will also allow you to include a single personalised trivia card about yourself in the deck.

Alcorn was the original creator of Atari's Pong, credited as the first commercially successful video game and the title that is mostly responsible for launching the entire industry. Pong was launched in 1972 as an arcade cabinet controlled by two dials.

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