It’s mine! ALL MINE!

There’s a new game in town, and it fits in pretty well with the whole metblogs idea.

It’s called Urbantakeover, and it’s all about, well, taking over your town. In this case Vienna.

That doesn’t mean only Viennese can play it, it’s just been developed by some Viennese, and most of the players are there right now. Basically, all you have to do is tag. Print out some stickers, get your handle on them and go claim some space. Once it’s yours, you can SMS the info and get some points. The website tracks your success, and lets you know if you have been crossing others who are playing the game.

Fans of Rand can go it alone, or you can join teams to increase your standings as a group.

I’m not too sure the whole idea of stickering up the landscape will play too well with local authorities if it ever catches on, but until that happens, or some other means of tagging is considered (geotagged flickr photos anyone?) it will just have to do.


9 Comments so far

  1. astera (schneeweisz) on April 8th, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    OMG Dave!
    I’s just about writing a post on the urban takeover game, and you totally claimed the topic already.

    Sheesh – await to be crossed by team dirty chai (the only never-forgiving, never-forgetting caffeine addicts legion ;)

  2. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 8th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Looks awesome. London is MINE.

  3. oneup on April 8th, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

    @dave i see what you did there – promoting uto via your blog network to win with team_sheesh by other people claiming for you :P

    @Udayan we’re going to add a "city" setting for users, so you don’t have to write "London" every time you claim. real soon now.

  4. DaddyD (vie_david) on April 9th, 2008 @ 3:30 am

    Yes. It was a clever move, dont you think?

  5. richardrj on April 14th, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    "I’m not too sure the whole idea of stickering up the landscape will play too well with local authorities if it ever catches on"

    The local authorities aren’t the only ones who might not be too keen on the idea. I don’t want to see stickers all over the place either. Untidy and unsightly, no different from graffiti.

  6. oneup on April 14th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    we had a discussion with a friend yesterday about having stickers all over the place.

    for now this topic is still undecided. we’re thinking about solutions though. eg: using semi-permanent stickers.

    also: stating "untidy and unsightly, no different from graffiti" is just plain offensive. just look at all that awesome art:

  7. richardrj on April 14th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    I don’t dispute that there is a lot of excellent graffiti art out there. I’m not talking about that, I’m only talking about the normal everyday graffiti scrawls and tagging.

    My wider objection to graffiti is not that it’s bad art, but that it’s being shown to me whether I like it or not. The artist is working in a public space, where the rules are different from in a gallery for example. What I object to is that the graffiti artist doesn’t stop to think whether passers-by actually want to see his art or not. Graffiti is an essentially selfish art form. It’s saying "I want you to look at my art, and I’m going to make you look at it whether you want to or not."

  8. grenz on April 23rd, 2008 @ 3:12 pm


    art ist always selfish.
    and regular urban buildings are hyper-selfish in their boring greyness…

  9. richardrj on April 23rd, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    grenz, I’m not sure how you arrive at the notion that "art is always selfish". Yes, it’s a nice slogan and I’m sure it would go down very well with your monochrom crowd, but it doesn’t really stand up to commonsense scrutiny. For art to be selfish, it needs to draw an inordinate amount of attention to itself. It needs to shout "Look at me" at the top of its voice. Most art doesn’t do that. It sits quite happily in a gallery or museum, waiting for people to come along and look at it if they choose to do so.

    Graffiti’s not like that. It shoves itself in my face, forcing me to look at it whether I like it or not. This is quite antisocial behaviour in itself, oder?

    As for urban buildings being boring and grey, they may very well be, but that is hardly selfishness. Besides, some of us may like them that way. And even if you feel that urban buildings are deemed to be boring and grey, whose judgement is it that they are to be improved by the addition of a piece of graffiti or a sticker?

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