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Redmond based 'Augmented Reality' game staging treasure hunt in West Seattle and other neighborhoods May 20 | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, May 15, 2017 | Overcast, 51.8 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Two apartment projects with 73 units and five parking spaces up for meeting May 25 A public meeting on two projects very close to each other with 73 ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Sports Roundup 5-13-17 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Friday, May ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-15-17 Man arrested for firing gun in park Around 11:30 p.m. on Wed., ... News Is Your Portfolio “Healthy”? Redmond based 'Augmented Reality' game staging treasure hunt in West Seattle and other neighborhoods May 20 Two apartment projects with 73 units and five parking spaces up for meeting May 25 Experimac: Apple centric sales and service store opens in West Seattle Herbold: Longfellow Natural Drainage Systems Project update Jenny Durkan for Mayor – Former U.S. Attorney ready to make a run for it Three story, six unit condominium project approved for Alki Fauntleroy Boulevard Project design at 90% complete still taking community feedback Lowman Beach Park Seawall Open House set for May 31 Fauntleroy Schoolhouse Centenial celebration will feature 'Group Hug' May 21 Mayor Murray bows out of race in emotional announcement at Alki Bath House Northwest Wine Academy's Reggie Daigneault keynote speaker at Rotary Club fundraiser breakfast On the Go Week of 5-8-17 UPDATE: Man shot in the head and killed in White Center; Suspect at large West Seattle 5k will run for the ninth time May 21; Event benefits programs at West Seattle High School Believe it or not Summer is coming; Pool schedules are out! Give Big! includes local non-profits and your help would really make a difference; One day event is May 10 Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast Find It, Fix It Community Walk Team planning meeting for Highland Park May 4 Plant Amnesty arborists donate a day of pruning to the Arboretum at South Seattle College Bennedsen, Deborah Kay West Seattle 'Meet Up' with Pramila Jayapal set for May 23 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects TRiO Educational Opportunity Center opens at South Seattle College Wells Fargo bankers move to front of the class at Mount View Elementary 9Logic TechnologiesCaptain Blimey, an augmented reality mobile video game will stage a digital treasure hunt on May 20 in West Seattle, Ballard and other Seattle neighborhoods. The game is free to download via Google Play and the App Store. Redmond based 'Augmented Reality' game staging treasure hunt in West Seattle and other neighborhoods May 20 Game is free and players can win $500 gift cards 05/15/2017 updated 24 minutes ago Video With the term "Augmented Reality" starting to make its way into the public consciousness after the wildly popular Pokemon Go last year it was inevitable that more games would attempt to capture a mass audience using similar technologies. Redmon'ds 9Logic Technologies has introduced what they see as worthy entry in the field and are backing that up with what they call "Seattle's largest ever digital treasure hunt" on Saturday May 20. The hunt starting at 11am, using the game of course, will focus on six Seattle neighborhoods including West Seattle and Ballard. Also included are Capitol Hill, Green Lake, Queen Anne and South Lake Union. Each of the six neighborhood hunt winners will be able to select a $500 gift card to a retailer or restaurant embedded into the game such as Amazon, Nordstrom, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot and Target and more. Captain Blimey is a free, pirate-themed, augmented reality (AR), treasure hunt mobile game available via Google Play and the App Store. Players participate in treasure hunts by unlocking clues. If you are the first to solve a sequence of clues in a hunt you can win significant cash prizes. There are numerous local, domestic and international hunts available depending on a player’s location. Beyond the global cash hunts, there are treasure chests hidden throughout the game filled with coins, potions and local treasures. The quest for players is to find and collect these chests by exploring local neighborhoods. When a player enters the game, his/her avatar moves on a 3D, GPS-enabled map based upon the player’s physical location. Use augmented reality mode via the device’s camera to discover treasures. Walk toward a chest and when the chest flashes on the map, the player is within range to open and claim its contents. The game is free to download and play with much to discover and enjoy. For players who wish to augment their gaming experience, there are trinkets and potions available through in-app purchases. Captain Blimey also offers in-app advertising to businesses through digital billboards and banners. Prospective players can watch a game tutorial at bit.ly/CaptainBlimey. The muse for Captain Blimey was Forest Fenn, an art dealer and author who reportedly buried treasure worth more than one million dollars in the Rocky Mountains. The ‘Fenn Treasure’ inspired years of devotion from treasure hunters pursuing clues that reveal its location. Captain Blimey’s founders were inspired by the vigor and longevity of this real-world treasure hunt to develop a digital treasure hunt. “Captain Blimey motivates players to move and be active through its competitive game rewards such as cash prizes or gift cards,” said Vemparala. “In designing the game, we solved the problem of geographic barriers in treasure hunts. Friends from Seattle to New York City can play together, whether working together to solve a treasure hunt or indulging in a friendly competition.” Kevin Harrington, an original ‘shark’ on the ABC Emmy-winning TV show, “Shark Tank,” the inventor of the infomercial and pioneer of the “As Seen on TV” industry, is aligning his brand with Captain Blimey. Captain Blimey is an early adopter of AR as an integral component of the mobile game play experience. Not long ago AR felt like very futuristic technology, but most consumers today are comfortable with the applications. “A successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years, I am keen to identify and capitalize on the trends illuminating mobile gaming’s role in technology and social engagement online,” said Harrington. “I expect the game’s inclusive platform and AR will make Captain Blimey incredibly popular.” During testing, Captain Blimey received fantastic reviews from early adopters. Players enjoyed that the game merges the physical and digital worlds to inspire them to explore their communities on foot. Some commented that the GPS-enabled maps and augment reality reminded them of Pokémon Go with exciting additions such as the first person to open a chest collects its contents, making it unavailable to subsequent players. Other beta testers loved the game’s reward experience where they can win real life prizes and cash by playing the game. “Our design and development team invested thousands of hours in the creative process. The passion infused in the game is evident from the imaginative user experience to fine-tuned game play,” adds Vemparala. Following Captain Blimey’s and ‘Seattle’s largest ever digital treasure hunt’ on May 20, there will be weekly treasure hunts through the app that are available to players all across the United States every Saturday. Captain Blimey is a game that’s great for many ages. To best enjoy the game’s functionality and experience, it is recommended players be six-years-old and over. Players should not trespass or play while driving and should avoid unsafe areas, stay on pathways, keep off roads and watch your step. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. 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