In major metropolitan areas, location-based social games like Nintendo 3DS’ StreetPass and the PlayStation Vita’s Near are cool little activities that play themselves. As you go about through the city doing your daily business, the system logs where you’ve been and allows you to share and receive virtual items. Unfortunately, in a city like Orlando where you only pass by others driving 70 mph through downtown on I-4, it sadly ruins the social aspect of these types of games. They still work, but the social aspect of the game is kind of lost when you likely won’t see those you pass face-to-face.
That’s where groups like StreetPass Orlando step in. Planning events around Nintendo’s newest handheld, SPO allows 3DS owners to interact with fellow owners, share items in StreetPass, and add new friends to their virtual Mii Plaza.
Lead by Dan O’Leary, who’s also president of local game developer n-Space, the group hosts events throughout Orlando. You can follow them on all sorts o’ those social networks. So grab your 3DS and join them!