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Google?s I/O Adventure was almost as good as being there


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But none of that could really happen this year, at least not in person.Google often tries to "gamify" these tech trade shows (I've been known to sometimes get addicted to them), but this year Google I/O was an actual game, called Google I/O Adventure. This is Google I/O, with all the booths and information you would expect, but rendered in a 2D, top-down, MMO game that you and everyone else virtually attending can run around in. You could look at a webpage full of links and get all the same information, but I/O Adventure is more of an information discovery system that happens while you're playing.Actual Googlers are hanging out at the booths, just like at a real Google I/O (or at least they were during the three days of the convention), and you can bounce questions off them or get help with things through the chat. This also made meetups easy: just share a URL, and it will launch the game and stick you in the right location.Since this was an event for developers, it really feels like Google wanted you to hack your location via the URL.

As said here by Ron Amadeo