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Game lets you conquer your neighbourhood by jogging

Agus Echague

Run An Empire is a game where players compete against others to “own” territory in their local environment. To capture a territory, players must walk, jog or run around it.
The app is programmed to use the accelerometer of the phone so players can’t cheat by driving or riding a bike.
Players use the same map & a territory can be invaded and captured by another player if they walk or run around the same area of land. To maintain a territory, players must go around it regularly.

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  • Saziso

    Love the concept! As an avid runner, I am always looking for new and innovative ways for motivation and making my run more exciting and this could do just that. Right now I use the Nike+ Running app but if this proves to be more exciting for me I would definitely switch!

    • Agus Echague

      What attracted me the most is the fact that they are merging games with fitness, which is something that has been tried for many years and still hasn't yielded any results (unless, of course, you are already super motivated by sports).
      The fact that you are not just "competing", but that someone can "steal" your territory, is funnily motivating... I think of it a bit like foursquare: You are just checkin in, but when you are ousted as a major, you feel the need to go back to the place and reclaim it... imagine if you were driven every day to run AT LEAST the amount of Kms that was conquered from you... All of a sudden you get into a routine and VOILA! There's no stopping you!!! :D