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Old 15-Jan-2011
DefCon Ninja badge includes hacker game

If you attend a conference then a badge is usually worn to show you are allowed to be there. These can take the form of stickers, a clip on bit of card, or a piece of paper in a plastic case. At DefCon this year one badge is going to be its own little system including a hacking game and development environment.
The badge has been created by Amanda Wozniak and Brandon Creighton for the party held by the hacker group called Ninja. The Ninja Party Badge as it is known, is all about ninja battles between badge holders. Each badge can detect other badges in the area and allows the wearer to fight them. Winning a fight means more experience points.

The fun doesn’t stop there though. Base stations running Android and placed around the party will collect information about these battles and post up results on a leaderboard. Did we also mention virtual items are awarded for completing missions too, which can then be used as power-ups during fights?
The image above showing the game running on a smartphone is just a testing system. The final look of the badge won’t be revealed until the party.
The DefCon Ninja badge is like a real-life equivalent of an MMO and is sure to be a hit with DefCon attendees. The cost of creating the badges has been covered by Facebook and Lookout sponsorship

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