Take on Hatsune Miku in a game of air hockey – Miku Miku Hockey – at Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 this weekend
If you’re a Vocaloid fan who’s planning to make your way down to the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 super conference at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe international convention complex this weekend, be sure to stop by the “Hatsune Miku and Piapro Exhibit booth (初音ミクとpiapro展) for a special treat the good folks at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia and Crypton Future Media have in stall for you.
Over the course of the two-day event on April 27 and 28, attendees who stop by the booth will be able to participate in an augmented reality or AR-assisted game of air hockey with the digital songstress, powered by the PlayStation Vita’s SmartAR technology, a form of markerless augmented reality tech developed by Sony that the Japanese tech giant claims allows for high-speed recognition and tracking of objects in 3D space.
In other words, Miku Miku Hockey is essentially a special edition of the PS Vita’s AR Hockey technical demonstration app (last seen at Game Developers Conference or GDC 2012) that features Hatsune Miku as a CPU opponent that you can play against.
Two versions of Miku Miku Hockey will be playable at Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 this weekend: one featuring Hatsune Miku (specifically, the “Type Lat Miku” or Lat式ミク character model from freeware animation program Miku Miku Dance) as your opponent, and another that has you facing off against Miku’s shorter-limbed cousin, Mikudayo (Type Suzu or すず式ﾐｸﾀﾞﾖｰ, also freely available via MMD).
At this point there’s no word on if Sony and Crypton Future Media intends to distribute Miku Miku Hockey as a PS Vita game app for download via the PlayStation Network – the vanilla version of Air Hockey isn’t even out as a game, as it was developed entirely for technical demonstration purposes. Which typically means that it’s the sort of game you’d experience for maybe five minutes, and quickly tire of it, since technical demos rarely incorporate rewarding gameplay mechanics that keep you going.
That said, our fingers are crossed. Here’s looking to the day we’d all be playing a game of air hockey with Hatsune Miku in the comforts of our living room.