negone.jpg Though video games are our stock in trade, it's fun to look at other game variants, and Avant Gaming has a very informative post about the Negone real-life game complex, currently open in Madrid, Spain, and hoping to roll out worldwide in the next few months.

As is explained: "Each player has a wrist console displaying your score, your character's health and tools obtained in the game. You select your mission (they range from "inoculate the virus" to "steal the secret weapon") and difficulty level. Security guards then escort you to your cell."

Challenges in the game include "shooting down slides, climbing ladders or diving into a pit of small plastic balls. Every time you see a screen, you place your wrist console beneath it. This activates your helper [which] sets you a challenge - a memory challenge or logic puzzle answered using the buttons on your wrist console, or something more physical. Correct answers mean a score boost, and a tool that will help you complete your mission; incorrect ones soon add up to you being condemned to a punishment cell - and expelled from the game." It's like... VR or something - only minus the V.