Facebook Messenger Gets Two New Augmented Reality Based Games

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Facebook Messenger is officially adding social augmented reality games to the messaging platform.

In a personal example of how the scammers work, an Federal Bureau of Investigation staff member said they were contacted by a friend on Facebook Messenger. "Account linking enables people to receive real-time updates in Facebook Messenger where people can keep track of their transaction data like account balances, receipts, and shipping updates", the statement said. The social network is clearly hoping that with some in-app entertainment, users will make more calls and spend longer in them, all of which boosts figures that marketers take into consideration.

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There are two games that will initially be available for users to plan with more set to be released soon.

Of note: Snapchat, one of Messenger's chief rivals, already offers a selection of simple AR games.

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Facebook also pledged that it would not use the bank clients' information for advertising, and keeping personal data safe and secure was a critical part of such a partnership.

Here's Messenger product manager Nora Micheva's instructions on how to play the games: "Make sure you have the latest version of Messenger".

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While the AR game Don't smile is the virtual interpretation of the ultimate staring game, the Asteroid attack game requires users to guide a spaceship through their nose while avoiding obstacles. Open an existing conversation or find the person or group of people you'd like to chat with and tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen. After that, select the AR game you want to play and then you can spin up the AR title to play together. The games launching today are Don't Smile and Asteroids Attack, but they're going to be launching more games including a game called "Beach Bump" which lets you pass a beach ball back and forth and "Kitten Kraze" a matching cat game in the coming weeks and months.