Game to turn pet hamsters into people-eaters 13:37 18 April 2006
A computer game that turns pet hamsters into virtual man-eaters could be the first in a new breed of games aimed at both people and their pets.
"Mice Arena" is an augmented-reality computer game in which human players are pitted against a real, live hamster.
The hamster is housed in a tank fitted with infra-red sensors that track its motion as it chases after a tasty piece of bait. Its movements are mimicked by monster hamster on a computer screen, which chases a virtual character representing a human opponent.