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A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions 57
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1.

GAME SYSTEM AND GAME PROVISION METHOD

      
Application Number 16982791
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-03-22
First Publication Date 2021-01-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shoji, Kazuaki
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

A server in conjunction with a terminal device detects a status of a non-time element differing from a time element among game elements; executes area setting processing for setting a game field to a first game area and a second game area that differs from the first game area in accordance with the detected status of the non-time element; executes, at least when the second game area has been set by the area setting processing, constraint setting processing of setting a given constraint in the game on a player character belonging to the second game area; and providing the terminal device with information for controlling a player character on which the given constraint in the game has been imposed as a player character belonging to the second game area and controlling a player character belonging to the first game area without imposing the given constraint in the game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/48 - Starting a game, e.g. activating a game device or waiting for other players to join a multiplayer session
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions

2.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, AUTOMATIC PURCHASE SYSTEM, AND AUTOMATIC PURCHASE METHOD

      
Application Number 16921005
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-07-06
First Publication Date 2021-01-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nagashima, Naoto
  • Uchibori, Tamaki

Abstract

A computer system manages user registration information including a contract spending amount, and prepares a character associated with character characteristics. The computer system controls virtual communication performed on a user terminal with the character as a partner. The user experiences this virtual communication. The computer system selects a purchase option that costs within the contract spending amount as an article to purchase from purchase options including substantial articles in a real world or items in a virtual world. This selection is performed using at least a purchase article selection tendency based on the character characteristics associated with the character.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/31 - Communication aspects specific to video games, e.g. between several handheld game devices at close range
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/825 - Fostering virtual characters
  • G06Q 20/40 - Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check of credit lines or negative lists

3.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, GAME SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

      
Application Number 16893019
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-04
First Publication Date 2020-12-24
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Takahashi, Toru

Abstract

A server system includes a game start control section configured to perform a game start control including setting a game space for each player as an initial state and allowing the player to start gameplay in the game space, an opponent space status display control section configured to perform a control for displaying status of at least one game space other than the game space being used by the player himself/herself for performing the gameplay on a computer device of each player, and a transfer control section configured to transfer an executing player satisfying a given transfer execution condition from the game space being used by the executing player for performing the gameplay to another game space.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/48 - Starting a game, e.g. activating a game device or waiting for other players to join a multiplayer session

4.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, GAME SYSTEM, AND GAME DEVICE

      
Application Number 17005874
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-08-28
First Publication Date 2020-12-17
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Omori, Daisuke
  • Kikuchi, Makoto
  • Matsuba, Yuki
  • Oda, Masayuki
  • Shioiri, Tatsuya

Abstract

A computer system performs display control to display a reward advertisement at a given screen switching timing, a screen switching timing due to start or end of a game progress unit, or a timing at which a game progression satisfies a given change condition. The computer system gives a reward for watching the advertisement to a player. The reward is set based on user data and/or play data of the player related to the game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/61 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor using advertising information
  • G09F 19/00 - Advertising or display means not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

5.

INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM AND GAME SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16883672
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-26
First Publication Date 2020-11-26
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Kasawa, Hiroki

Abstract

A game system reduces a compensation parameter by a consumption amount set for a game medium and sets the medium to be useable, increases the parameter to up to an upper limit of a predetermined value when a predetermined increase condition is satisfied, stores a normal game medium in which the set consumption amount is equal to or less than the value, and a special game medium in which the set consumption amount is more than the value in a storage unit as the medium in association with a player, reduces the parameter by a given reduction amount and increases an accumulated parameter in accordance with the reduction amount, and sets the special medium to be useable by reducing the compensation and/or accumulated parameters so that a sum of reduction amounts of the compensation and accumulated parameters together is equal to the consumption amount set for the special medium.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/352 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers involving special game server arrangements, e.g. regional servers connected to a national server or a plurality of servers managing partitions of the game world
  • A63F 13/77 - Game security or game management aspects involving data related to game devices or game servers, e.g. configuration data, software version or amount of memory
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/50 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress

6.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16987480
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-08-07
First Publication Date 2020-11-26
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Research Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Iwata, Eiji
  • Morishima, Nobuyuki

Abstract

A simulation system including a processor, the processor performs an information acquisition process acquiring real space information obtainable by a recognition process of a real space and user information; a virtual space generation process generating a virtual space corresponding to the real space based on the real space information; an object process that sets a reference point in the virtual space based on the user information and the real space information, and disposes an object of a character in the virtual space based on the reference point; and a display process displaying an image including an image of the character. The object process sets a hit volume based on a position of a user moving body in the virtual space, and performs a process with respect to the character in accordance with a positional relationship between the hit volume and the character when the user performs a given input.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/67 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor adaptively or by learning from player actions, e.g. skill level adjustment or by storing successful combat sequences for re-use
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment

7.

COMPUTER DEVlCE AND EVALUATION CONTROL METHOD

      
Application Number 16911567
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-25
First Publication Date 2020-10-15
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Enokido, Naoki
  • Shimizu, Masayuki

Abstract

A computer device determines operation inputs one by one when a reference operation requesting successive inputs is presented. The computer device recognizes an inheritance condition is satisfied when a change in acceleration measured by an inertial sensor of a game controller appears at successive vertical movement of the controller. When recognizing that the inheritance condition is satisfied, the computer device can reduce a process load by limiting operation input determination to determination based on a change in acceleration. In addition, when recognizing that the inheritance condition is satisfied, the computer device can further reduce a process load by simplifying the process of type discrimination of the operation input through inheritance of the previous discrimination result.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/22 - Setup operations, e.g. calibration, key configuration or button assignment
  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • A63F 13/24 - Constructional details thereof, e.g. game controllers with detachable joystick handles

8.

COMPUTER DEVlCE AND EVALUATION CONTROL METHOD

      
Application Number 16911570
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-25
First Publication Date 2020-10-15
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Enokido, Naoki
  • Shimizu, Masayuki

Abstract

A computer device evaluates an input timing at which a player performed an operation input. The player holds a controller containing sensors for measuring acceleration and angular speed and performs a motion of shaking and stopping the controller. The computer device is communicably connected to the sensors. The computer device determines the input timing by detecting a peak of a measurement value that appears immediately before the stop of the motion. Then, the computer device performs the evaluation based on a difference between the determined input timing and a reference timing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • A63F 13/285 - Generating tactile feedback signals via the game input device, e.g. force feedback
  • A63F 13/24 - Constructional details thereof, e.g. game controllers with detachable joystick handles
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer

9.

GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATED TO MATCH-UP GAME

      
Application Number 16820803
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-17
First Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Aita, Sho
  • Mizuhori, Yuki
  • Nakano, Atsushi

Abstract

A game system that is a server or the like is configured to repetitively determine, during a match-up game, for each set determination period, participation continuation in the match-up game with respect to each player character according to a determination criterion which is based on acquisition of a specific item set in advance, and when it is determined that the player character does not satisfy the determination criterion at an end timing or before the end timing of the determination period, execute participation-limiting processing for limiting participation by the player character concerned in the match-up game such as loss management that involves causing the player character to suffer a loss from the match-up game in which the player character is participating.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/837 - Shooting of targets
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame
  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot

10.

SERVER SYSTEM AND PLAY DATA COMMUNITY SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16832497
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-27
First Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Tsukanaka, Kensuke

Abstract

A server system reproduces a past gameplay based on original data in a virtual three-dimensional space and displays the scenes of the gameplay on a user terminal of a live commentary user. Along with this, the server system causes a live commentary object having not existed in the original gameplay to appear in the virtual three-dimensional space in accordance with a live commentary addition operation by the live commentary user, and adds an additional virtual camera (additional camera CM1) to the virtual three-dimensional space to modify the reproduction play of the original gameplay. The server system generates modified reproduction data capable of reproducing a modified reproduction play and manages the modified reproduction data in association with the original data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/87 - Communicating with other players during game play, e.g. by e-mail or chat
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/86 - Watching games played by other players
  • A63F 13/497 - Partially or entirely replaying previous game actions

11.

GAME SYSTEM, METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATED TO MATCH-UP GAME, AND METHOD OF EXECUTING MATCH-UP GAME

      
Application Number 16727295
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-26
First Publication Date 2020-07-02
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakano, Atsushi
  • Aita, Sho
  • Mizuhori, Yuki

Abstract

A server determines, for each player, whether or not a sanction as a sanction target player is to be imposed based on a state or an action of an operation target player character of the player concerned, and when it is determined that the sanction is to be imposed, executes sanction control processing of providing a terminal owned by a player who differs from the sanction target player with player-related information of the sanction target player as the sanction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers

12.

GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATED TO MATCH-UP GAME

      
Application Number 16727404
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-26
First Publication Date 2020-07-02
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakano, Atsushi
  • Aita, Sho
  • Mizuhori, Yuki

Abstract

A server sets a game field to a first game area and a second game area in accordance with a progress status of a game, executes display mode control processing of controlling display modes of a first player character who is present in the first game area and a second player character who is present in the second game area, generates image data which visualizes the inside of a virtual space as a game image, which includes a controlled display mode of each player character, and which is for providing a terminal with the game image, wherein in the display mode control processing, the server causes a terminal of a first player to display the second player character in a first display mode, and causes a terminal of a second player to display the first player character in a second display mode that differs from the first display mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/525 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment
  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens

13.

GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATED TO MATCH-UP GAME

      
Application Number 16727427
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-26
First Publication Date 2020-07-02
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakano, Atsushi
  • Aita, Sho
  • Mizuhori, Yuki

Abstract

When a server executes control processing related to a matching match-up using player characters as matched player characters between matched players determined by matching processing, when interference from a matched player character to another matched player character occurs, the server executes parameter control processing with respect to the matched player character having been subjected to the interference in accordance with the interference and executes parameter control disabling processing of disabling control of a parameter value in accordance with the interference by a player character of an unmatched player to the matched player character.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame
  • A63F 13/5372 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen for tagging characters, objects or locations in the game scene, e.g. displaying a circle under the character controlled by the player

14.

GAME SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16739246
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-10
First Publication Date 2020-05-14
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takagi, Noriyoshi
  • Ito, Shohei

Abstract

A game system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs: a moving body process of moving a moving body in a map of a game space; a game process that is a process of a game where a user is allowed to gain containers arranged in the map while moving the moving body in the map; and a container process that is a process on the containers. In the container process, the processor performs processes of determining the number of the containers, the types of the containers, the positions of the containers, and items to be assigned to the containers according to given selection conditions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/5378 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen for displaying an additional top view, e.g. radar screens or maps
  • A63F 13/65 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor automatically by game devices or servers from real world data, e.g. measurement in live racing competition

15.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16710106
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2020-04-09
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shinoda, Tetsuya
  • Kimoto, Masahiro

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs an information acquisition process of acquiring user information including at least one of position information, direction information, and posture information of a user, a virtual space setting process of setting a virtual space, a moving body process of moving a user character corresponding to the user in the virtual space, a game process that is a process for a game in the virtual space, and a display process of generating an image in the virtual space as a display image to be displayed for the user. In the game process, the processor determines whether the user has made an item acquisition motion based on the user information, and upon determination that the user has made the item acquisition motion, performs a process of causing the user character to acquire an item.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity
  • A63F 13/26 - Output arrangements for video game devices having at least one additional display device, e.g. on the game controller or outside a game booth
  • A63F 13/428 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving motion or position input signals, e.g. signals representing the rotation of an input controller or a player's arm motions sensed by accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game

16.

GAME SYSTEM, METHOD OF PROVIDING A MATCH-UP GAME, AND METHOD OF EXECUTING THE MATCH-UP GAME

      
Application Number 16575541
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-19
First Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO STUDIOS INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakano, Atsushi
  • Aita, Sho
  • Mizuhori, Yuki

Abstract

The server performs the ranking determination process for determining the ranking of each player based on the variable information stored in a given timing, the specific player specifying process specifying a player who satisfies a given condition for the determined ranking of each player as a specific player, and the information providing process for providing the player-related information of the specific player stored in a player information storage and identification information for identifying the specified player from other players, to the terminal device concerned, in association with each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame
  • A63F 13/5372 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen for tagging characters, objects or locations in the game scene, e.g. displaying a circle under the character controlled by the player

17.

COMPUTER SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16570104
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-13
First Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Shimomoto, Manabu

Abstract

A storage object storing a non-playable character (NPC) is flown until a given flight end condition is satisfied based on a player's action operation. The stored NPC is caused to appear from the storage object satisfying the flight end condition. In addition, the NPC having appeared from the storage object is automatically controlled.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level

18.

INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIA, GAME DEVICES AND SERVERS

      
Application Number 16562784
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-06
First Publication Date 2020-03-12
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Anabuki, Kenji
  • Inoki, Asana
  • Aomatsu, Shoji

Abstract

Provided is the game device which sets the designated object from among the objects arranged in the game space as an object in the holding state, performs control for arranging the object set in the holding state at the predetermined position in the game space, and/or displays information of the object set in the holding state at a predetermined position on the game image. When the predetermined condition is satisfied, the game device releases the holding state of the object set to be in the holding state by the holding controller and causes the object to perform the predetermined operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game
  • G06T 13/20 - 3D [Three Dimensional] animation
  • A63F 13/23 - Input arrangements for video game devices for interfacing with the game device, e.g. specific interfaces between game controller and console

19.

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND GAME SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16585524
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-27
First Publication Date 2020-01-23
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Yamada, Katsunori
  • Takahashi, Michiru

Abstract

When a viewer executes a predetermined present operation, an item is selected from items that are possessed by the viewer, and is given to a player who is selected as a destination. Alternatively, an item that is purchased by the viewer is given to a player who is selected as a destination. When the player uses the presented item, a reward is given to the viewer who provided the present. This can make watching of gameplay images to be more attractive. Further, this allows the viewer to provide assistance more than cheering up to the player who performs the gameplay, and allows the viewer to feel a certain sense of unity with the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/86 - Watching games played by other players
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game
  • A63F 13/533 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game for prompting the player, e.g. by displaying a game menu
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/87 - Communicating with other players during game play, e.g. by e-mail or chat

20.

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND GAME SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16587112
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-30
First Publication Date 2020-01-23
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
  • TECOTEC INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tsurusaki, Hiroshi
  • Tsuchiya, Kazumi
  • Togawa, Akira

Abstract

Among game elements, such as a character and an item, use status of a game element of a specific type or property (comprehensively “specific item”) is monitored. For example, the use status is monitored with respect to various monitoring parameters related to a transaction between users, a fusion, use in a game, or the like, of the game element. Then, when one or more of the monitoring parameters satisfy a predetermined adjustment support condition, an adjustment support control to increase a use quantity of the specific item of a monitoring target is performed. The use quantity of the specific item includes, for example, an available quantity of the specific item in the game or a total number of specific items that can be possessed and acquired by players.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/56 - Computing the motion of game characters with respect to other game characters, game objects or elements of the game scene, e.g. for simulating the behaviour of a group of virtual soldiers or for path finding
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

21.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, VIEWER TERMINAL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIVE WATCHING, AND PROGRAM

      
Application Number 16576850
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-20
First Publication Date 2020-01-09
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Takahashi, Michiru
  • Yamada, Katsunori

Abstract

A server system to manage esports live distribution distributes, to a viewer terminal, data for displaying an image of gameplay by players on the viewer terminal, and situation data. The situation data describes various situations, such as a viewer's watching situation, a game progress status, a player's operation situation, a reward generation situation, a posting situation of comments such as cheers, and an evaluation situation of players by viewers. In the viewer terminal, various types of situation data are compared with predetermined screen configuration change conditions, and when some of the conditions is satisfied, the present configuration of a watching screen is changed to a screen configuration associated with the satisfied condition to provide information for the viewer in such a manner as to facilitate understanding of a situation on each occasion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/497 - Partially or entirely replaying previous game actions
  • A63F 13/48 - Starting a game, e.g. activating a game device or waiting for other players to join a multiplayer session
  • A63F 13/95 - Storage media specially adapted for storing game information, e.g. video game cartridges
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment

22.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16415182
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-05-17
First Publication Date 2019-10-31
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Koyama, Junichiro
  • Onda, Akio
  • Aoki, Takashi
  • Nishimura, Norihiro
  • Hisano, Toru
  • Iizuka, Yuji
  • Endo, Hiroumi
  • Nagashima, Kenichi
  • Yakata, Hiroki
  • Tamura, Kentaro
  • Ushiguchi, Akinari
  • Inokuchi, Koji

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs an information acquisition process of acquiring position information of a user wearing a head mounted display to cover his/her field of view; a virtual space setting process of setting a virtual space where a moving body corresponding to the user is arranged and set based on the acquired position information; a moving body process of moving the moving body in the virtual space based on the acquired position information; and a display process of generating a display image on the head mounted display. In the virtual space setting process, the processor sets the virtual space such that a first moving body group and a second moving body group are arranged and set in a common virtual field of the virtual space.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/577 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game using determination of contact between game characters or objects, e.g. to avoid collision between virtual racing cars
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/285 - Generating tactile feedback signals via the game input device, e.g. force feedback
  • A63F 13/847 - Cooperative playing, e.g. requiring coordinated actions from several players to achieve a common goal

23.

Simulation system, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 16279057
Grant Number 10744411
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-19
First Publication Date 2019-08-15
Grant Date 2020-08-18
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Yamamoto, Haruyoshi
  • Aoki, Takashi

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs: a virtual space setting process of setting a virtual space in which a plurality of objects are arranged; a virtual camera control process of controlling a virtual camera corresponding to a point-of-view of a user wearing a head mounted display; and a display process of generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space as a display image on the head mounted display. In the virtual space setting process, the processor arranges at least one information display object controlled to follow a change in the point-of-view of the user in the virtual space. In the display process, when the information display object and an object in the virtual space have entered into a given positional relationship, the processor performs a change process of a display mode of the information display object or the object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/5255 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras according to dedicated instructions from a player, e.g. using a secondary joystick to rotate the camera around a player's character
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/525 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • G06F 3/0481 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
  • A63F 13/533 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game for prompting the player, e.g. by displaying a game menu
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • A63F 13/577 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game using determination of contact between game characters or objects, e.g. to avoid collision between virtual racing cars
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/26 - Output arrangements for video game devices having at least one additional display device, e.g. on the game controller or outside a game booth
  • A63F 13/428 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving motion or position input signals, e.g. signals representing the rotation of an input controller or a player's arm motions sensed by accelerometers or gyroscopes

24.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16279119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-02-19
First Publication Date 2019-08-08
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs: a virtual space setting process of setting a virtual space in which a plurality of objects are arranged; a virtual camera control process of controlling a virtual camera corresponding to a point-of-view of a user wearing a head mounted display; and a display process of generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space as a display image on the head mounted display. In the virtual space setting process, the processor arranges at least one information display object in a line-of-sight direction of the user, and in the display process, when it is determined that a given change condition is satisfied by a change in the point-of-view of the user, the processor performs a change process of a display mode of the information display object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 15/20 - Perspective computation
  • G09G 3/00 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes

25.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16245598
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-11
First Publication Date 2019-07-18
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ishii, Yoshiaki
  • Makino, Shinya

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to perform: acquiring tracking information for point-of-view information about a user wearing an HMD; moving a moving body, corresponding to the user, in a virtual space; controlling a virtual camera set as a first person point-of-view of the user; and generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space, as a display image on the HMD. The processor is configured to perform, in controlling the virtual camera, setting the virtual camera so that a position and/or an orientation of the virtual camera is changed based on the tracking information, but orientation change of the virtual camera corresponding to at least one of pitching and rolling is disabled or limited in a case where a traveling direction of the moving body changes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods
  • A63B 69/18 - Training appliances or apparatus for special sports for skiing
  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game

26.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16245716
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-11
First Publication Date 2019-07-18
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ishii, Yoshiaki
  • Makino, Shinya

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs a moving body process of performing a process of moving a moving body corresponding to a user wearing an HMD in a virtual space, a virtual camera control process of controlling a virtual camera moving in accordance with a movement of the moving body, and a display process of generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space as a display image of the HMD. In the display process, the processor performs a display process of changing, when a change in acceleration of the moving body or a change in a line-of-sight direction of the virtual camera is determined to have satisfied a given change condition, the display image on the HMD to an image different from the image as viewed from the virtual camera.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods
  • A63B 69/18 - Training appliances or apparatus for special sports for skiing
  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game

27.

SIMULATION SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16245945
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-11
First Publication Date 2019-07-18
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kakizawa, Takahiro
  • Aita, Masaru
  • Miura, Shusuke

Abstract

A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs a moving body process of performing a process of moving a moving body corresponding to a user wearing an HMD in a virtual space, a virtual camera control process of controlling a virtual camera moving in accordance with a movement of the moving body, and a display process of generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space as a display image of the head mounted display. The processor performs, in the display process, an image effect process for motion sickness prevention as a process of blurring, compared with a display object in a given distance range from the virtual camera, an image of a display object in a distance range farther than the given distance range to generate the display image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration
  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods
  • A63B 69/18 - Training appliances or apparatus for special sports for skiing
  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game

28.

Operation input system, operation input device, and game system for adjusting force feedback control

      
Application Number 16184595
Grant Number 10758821
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-08
First Publication Date 2019-05-16
Grant Date 2020-09-01
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO STUDIOS INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takahashi, Tsuyoshi
  • Takahashi, Toru

Abstract

A game system configured to change game control and change control of perceived vibration to be fed back to a player via a first controller and a second controller, between a mounted state in which the first controller and the second controller are mounted to a gaming console and an unmounted state in which the first controller and the second controller are detached from the gaming console.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/285 - Generating tactile feedback signals via the game input device, e.g. force feedback
  • A63F 13/23 - Input arrangements for video game devices for interfacing with the game device, e.g. specific interfaces between game controller and console
  • A63F 13/24 - Constructional details thereof, e.g. game controllers with detachable joystick handles
  • A63F 13/424 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving acoustic input signals, e.g. by using the results of pitch or rhythm extraction or voice recognition
  • A63F 13/77 - Game security or game management aspects involving data related to game devices or game servers, e.g. configuration data, software version or amount of memory

29.

Simulation system and game system

      
Application Number 16077865
Grant Number 10661181
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-14
First Publication Date 2019-05-16
Grant Date 2020-05-26
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamiya, Yukiharu
  • Nishimura, Norihiro

Abstract

A game system 1 is configured to detect a player's state (i.e., the position and the attitude of the player in the real space) that represents the state of the player P in the real space, perform an image generation process that generates a simulation image corresponding to the detected player's state, the simulation image being viewed from the player P and representing the simulation space that corresponds to the real space, the simulation image including a virtual moving path that is linked to a moving path R, display the generated simulation image on the HMD 20, determine that the player P is in a specific state in the simulation space when the player's state has satisfied a given condition within the moving path R, and generate a simulation image that produces an effect based on the specific state when it has been determined that the player P is in the specific state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/28 - Output arrangements for video game devices responding to control signals received from the game device for affecting ambient conditions, e.g. for vibrating players' seats, activating scent dispensers or affecting temperature or light
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/428 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving motion or position input signals, e.g. signals representing the rotation of an input controller or a player's arm motions sensed by accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/90 - Constructional details or arrangements of video game devices not provided for in groups  or , e.g. housing, wiring, connections or cabinets
  • G09B 9/00 - Simulators for teaching or training purposes
  • A63F 13/27 - Output arrangements for video game devices characterised by a large display in a public venue, e.g. in a movie theatre, stadium or game arena
  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity
  • A63F 13/26 - Output arrangements for video game devices having at least one additional display device, e.g. on the game controller or outside a game booth
  • G09B 19/00 - Teaching not covered by other main groups of this subclass
  • A63F 13/285 - Generating tactile feedback signals via the game input device, e.g. force feedback
  • H04N 13/344 - Displays for viewing with the aid of special glasses or head-mounted displays [HMD] with head-mounted left-right displays
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics

30.

Information storage medium, information processing device, and game system

      
Application Number 16157693
Grant Number 10729978
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-10-11
First Publication Date 2019-04-18
Grant Date 2020-08-04
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hiroki, Tomoko
  • Mikumo, Souya
  • Fukumoto, Seiji

Abstract

An information processing device that carries out the processing of a fighting game in which a player-character is made to fight an opponent-character, the device including a first condition determination means that determines whether the player-character and the opponent-character, as a whole, have fulfilled a first condition during the fight; a second condition determination means that determines a character, among the player-character and the opponent-character, that has fulfilled a second condition during the fight; and a bonus awarding means that awards a bonus that can be used in the fight to a fulfilling character, among the player-character and the opponent-character, that fulfills the second condition after the fulfillment of the first condition. The first condition determination means sets a partial or a complete fulfillment of a given set of conditions as the first condition.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/833 - Hand-to-hand fighting, e.g. martial arts competition
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen

31.

IMAGE GENERATION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 16123752
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-06
First Publication Date 2019-03-14
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kyono, Akihiro
  • Masumori, Ken

Abstract

Image generation system which provides, to a plurality of players through individual terminals, image of a game which progresses through cooperation of plurality of individually manipulated characters, image generation system including: game image generating means that generates image of game space in which the plurality of manipulated characters act, as game screen directed at the plurality of players; and determining means that determines if a game event that occurs based on manipulation information input by the plurality of players or the manipulation information fulfills given conditions, game image generating means including insert image generating means that generates, when the given conditions are fulfilled, two or more images related to manipulated characters of cooperating players having cooperated with the fulfillment, insert images to be inserted into game screens of cooperating players, and the insert image generating means generating the insert images respectively directed at cooperating players in accordance with manipulated characters.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers

32.

INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM AND SERVER DEVICE

      
Application Number 16119101
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-31
First Publication Date 2019-03-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kyono, Akihiro
  • Masumori, Ken

Abstract

Provided is a server device including: target control means for controlling movement of an operation target in a game space in accordance with operation input of a player; object giving means for giving, when the player has established a given positional condition, the player a collection item or a chance to acquire the collection item; search information generation means for generating, as search information supplied to the player, information on the presence/absence or a position of the collection item in a search area that moves in the game space in accordance with the movement of the operation target; search information control means for controlling accuracy of the search information in accordance with a collection result of the collection item by the player; and provision control means for controlling the provision of an event in accordance with the collection result of the collection item by the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/67 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor adaptively or by learning from player actions, e.g. skill level adjustment or by storing successful combat sequences for re-use
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • A63F 13/5375 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen for graphically or textually suggesting an action, e.g. by displaying an arrow indicating a turn in a driving game
  • A63F 13/5372 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen for tagging characters, objects or locations in the game scene, e.g. displaying a circle under the character controlled by the player

33.

Control method and virtual reality experience provision apparatus

      
Application Number 16144404
Grant Number 10713001
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-27
First Publication Date 2019-01-24
Grant Date 2020-07-14
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Yamamoto, Haruyoshi
  • Nakanishi, Tetsukazu

Abstract

In a virtual reality space, a virtual reference body controlled to follow a player's hand, a virtual body part controlled to follow the player's ear, and a virtual smartphone being a virtual object as a prop are arranged. After the proximity of the virtual reference body to the virtual smartphone, the virtual smartphone is deemed as being gripped and the virtual reference body and the virtual smartphone are integrally moved. Stereophonic sound control is performed such that the emitted sound from the virtual smartphone is a ringtone before the proximity of the virtual reference body or the virtual smartphone to the virtual body part, and after the proximity, the emitted sound is switched to communication sound so that the player listens to the stereophonic sound by a headphone.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
  • G06F 3/16 - Sound input; Sound output
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/428 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving motion or position input signals, e.g. signals representing the rotation of an input controller or a player's arm motions sensed by accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/54 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving acoustic signals, e.g. for simulating revolutions per minute [RPM] dependent engine sounds in a driving game or reverberation against a virtual wall
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G09G 3/00 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes
  • A63F 13/90 - Constructional details or arrangements of video game devices not provided for in groups  or , e.g. housing, wiring, connections or cabinets
  • G06F 3/147 - Digital output to display device using display panels
  • H04R 5/033 - Headphones for stereophonic communication
  • H04R 5/04 - Circuit arrangements
  • H04S 7/00 - Indicating arrangements; Control arrangements, e.g. balance control
  • H04M 1/725 - Cordless telephones

34.

GAME SYSTEM

      
Application Number 15936792
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-03-27
First Publication Date 2018-10-04
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ichijo, Kazuhito
  • Minamidate, Satoshi

Abstract

A game system is configured to set a plurality of player characters, including a home player character and a specific player character managed by another player, in a deck on the basis of an instruction from a player, and when a specific player character of another player is selected as an execution character, adjust an execution parameter on the basis of relationship information indicating a relationship between the home player and the other player managing the specific player character.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/87 - Communicating with other players during game play, e.g. by e-mail or chat
  • A63F 13/847 - Cooperative playing, e.g. requiring coordinated actions from several players to achieve a common goal

35.

Information storage medium and game device

      
Application Number 15847130
Grant Number 10610784
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-19
First Publication Date 2018-06-28
Grant Date 2020-04-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takahashi, Toru
  • Iguchi, Tadashi

Abstract

A non-transitory computer-readable information storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to implement a game in which a first area of a virtual space that includes a maze-shaped path delimited by given virtual walls is allocated to a first player character that moves under the control of a first player, a second area of the virtual space is allocated to a second player character that moves under the control of a second player, and the first player character and the second player character compete for game progress in the respective areas allocated thereto.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/56 - Computing the motion of game characters with respect to other game characters, game objects or elements of the game scene, e.g. for simulating the behaviour of a group of virtual soldiers or for path finding
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/95 - Storage media specially adapted for storing game information, e.g. video game cartridges
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers

36.

SYSTEM FOR GIVING ENTERTAINMENT ELEMENT IN RETURN FOR WATCHING ADVERTISEMENT

      
Application Number 15855185
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-12-27
First Publication Date 2018-06-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takei, Yuka
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

When control is performed to output a watching target advertisement on a display screen displaying a game image, a user selects and sets an input element from entertainment elements, related to the game, possessed by the user. When the input element is determined, the watching target advertisement is controlled. The input element is consumed when the watching control is completed. Then, an output element, which is an entertainment element different from the input element and is selected based on information on the watching target advertisement, information on the input element, and the like, is given to the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/61 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor using advertising information

37.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, GAME SYSTEM, AND GAME DEVICE

      
Application Number 15855254
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-12-27
First Publication Date 2018-06-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Omori, Daisuke
  • Kikuchi, Makoto
  • Matsuba, Yuki
  • Oda, Masayuki
  • Onda, Akio
  • Shioiri, Tatsuya

Abstract

When a player sets an acquisition target item to be an item he or she wants at a timing of creating a plan, actually required points that are required for acquiring the acquisition target item is determined. Then, options of the advertisement plan in which one or a plurality of advertisements are listed so that watching points reaching the actually required points can be acquired, from options of advertisements that can be watched in exchange for the watching points. When any of the plans is selected and confirmed, an advertisement is displayed based on the plan, and the watching points are given to the player. When the sum of the watching points given reaches the actually required points, the acquisition target item in the plan is given to the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/61 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor using advertising information

38.

SYSTEM FOR GIVING REWARD IN EXCHANGE FOR WATCHING ADVERTISEMENT

      
Application Number 15855330
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-12-27
First Publication Date 2018-06-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Omori, Daisuke
  • Kikuchi, Makoto
  • Matsuba, Yuki
  • Oda, Masayuki
  • Shioiri, Tatsuya

Abstract

An advertisement that has been watched by a friend but has not been watched by a target player is controlled to be displayed at a timing satisfying a timing condition defining a timing at which the advertisement is displayed, in a game played by the target player. At that time, information indicating that the advertisement has been watched by the friend is also controlled to be displayed. A reward for watching the advertisement is given to the target player. The reward changes in accordance with the number of the friends who have watched the advertisement and a friendship level of the friend. The target player is further notified that the advertisement has been watched by the friend, and thus the reward has changed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/61 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor using advertising information
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories

39.

COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING DISPLAY CONTROL FOR ADVERTISEMENT

      
Application Number 15855124
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-12-27
First Publication Date 2018-06-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takei, Yuka
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

When a user selects an input element from entertainment elements, related to a game, possessed by the user and accepts an advertisement output offer, advertisement watching control starts. Improvement control including 1) improving a parameter value associated with the input element, or 2) improving the parameter value associated with the input element and changing a display mode of the input element is performed in return for advertisement watching.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/61 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor using advertising information
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions

40.

Terminal device

      
Application Number 15735511
Grant Number 10850196
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-09
First Publication Date 2018-06-14
Grant Date 2020-12-01
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Kohara, Takashi

Abstract

A terminal device controls a scroll display process for scrolling and moving a display region part of content displayed on a touch panel based on a slide operation input, and detects, during the slide operation input, any one input state of the number of slide operation inputs being simultaneously executed and the touch area involved in the touching on the touch panel for execution of the slide operation input, and controls a scrolling speed, which represents a moving speed exhibited when the display region part of the content is scrolled in the scroll display process, or a scroll movement amount, which represents a movement amount by which the content is scrolled, during the slide operation input based on the detected input state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/426 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving on-screen location information, e.g. screen coordinates of an area at which the player is aiming with a light gun
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing
  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0485 - Scrolling or panning

41.

COMPUTER SYSTEM, GAME SYSTEM, AND GAME DEVICE

      
Application Number 15835818
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-12-08
First Publication Date 2018-06-14
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Omori, Daisuke
  • Kikuchi, Makoto
  • Matsuba, Yuki
  • Oda, Masayuki
  • Shioiri, Tatsuya

Abstract

A computer system performs display control to display a reward advertisement at a given screen switching timing, a screen switching timing due to start or end of a game progress unit, or a timing at which a game progression satisfies a given change condition. The computer system gives a reward for watching the advertisement to a player. The reward is set based on user data and/or play data of the player related to the game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame

42.

Video slot machine, server system, and computer system

      
Application Number 15837634
Grant Number 10546450
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-11
First Publication Date 2018-06-14
Grant Date 2020-01-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ito, Shogo
  • Tagiri, Satoshi
  • Tsurumachi, Akira

Abstract

A video slot machine starts spinning display of video reels upon detecting a spin operation, and performs a lottery to determine a special position in symbol stop positions in a reel display area. A character appears behind the video reel in such a manner that a displayed range of the character includes the symbol stop position determined to be the special position. When the video reels stop with a chance symbol stopped in front of the character, a replacement target is selected from the change symbol and other symbols in its periphery in accordance with a section of the character stopped by the chance symbol. Then, outcome of the reels is determined with the replacement target symbols replaced with a reward symbol, and payout is performed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

43.

Computer system

      
Application Number 15718686
Grant Number 10434416
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-28
First Publication Date 2018-04-05
Grant Date 2019-10-08
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Mabuchi, Yoshihiko
  • Oku, Shogo
  • Wakebe, Akinori

Abstract

A player can select a chest serving as a material and a chest serving as a target from possessed chests, and consume the chest serving as the material to perform power-up fusion for powering up the chest serving as the target. An activation condition of the chest after the power-up fusion is determined based on activation conditions of both the chest serving as the material and the chest serving as the target. A content object (content of the chest) provided when the activation condition of the chest after the fusion is satisfied is determined based on a content object associated with both the chest serving as the material and the chest serving as the target.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/798 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for assessing skills or for ranking players, e.g. for generating a hall of fame
  • A63F 13/216 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using geographical information, e.g. location of the game device or player using GPS
  • A63F 13/215 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising means for detecting acoustic signals, e.g. using a microphone
  • A63F 13/327 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using local area network [LAN] connections using wireless networks, e.g. Wi-Fi or piconet
  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens

44.

Computer system

      
Application Number 15718700
Grant Number 10398982
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-28
First Publication Date 2018-04-05
Grant Date 2019-09-03
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Mabuchi, Yoshihiko
  • Oku, Shogo
  • Wakebe, Akinori

Abstract

A player can use a character and a chest, in possessed game objects, to build a deck, and play a battle game with the character and the chest, used to build the deck, deployed on a game field as units of a gameplay. The chest used in the gameplay has an activation condition (timer period of a time limit lock) and acquisition control (determination of the content of the chest and provision of the content to the player) of the chest 5 changed in accordance with the type of the chest deployed and an action such as an attack by a character in the game field.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/822 - Strategy games; Role-playing games 
  • A63F 13/327 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using local area network [LAN] connections using wireless networks, e.g. Wi-Fi or piconet
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/60 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing

45.

GAME SYSTEM, VIRTUAL CURRENCY PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 15714322
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-09-25
First Publication Date 2018-04-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Oochi, Hiroaki
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

A game system includes a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to implement: a game process for a user to play a game; a purchase process for the user to purchase a virtual currency; a management process that manages purchase information of the virtual currency of the user, in association with user information; and a shop process that sets a virtual shop in which the user is able to obtain an item of the game by spending the virtual currency purchased. The processor implements the shop process including a process that makes a special shop different from a regular shop appear as the shop, based on the purchase information of the virtual currency of the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 20/06 - Private payment circuits, e.g. involving electronic currency used only among participants of a common payment scheme
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 20/12 - Payment architectures specially adapted for electronic shopping systems
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

46.

Object placing game with character battles

      
Application Number 15702808
Grant Number 10384128
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-13
First Publication Date 2018-03-15
Grant Date 2019-08-20
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takahashi, Ryoji
  • Danbara, Yoshiyuki

Abstract

Provided is a game system including: a first game processing means for placing, based on an operation by a player, an object in a virtual space of the player, and executing a first game that progresses by using the object; a second game processing means for causing an enemy character to appear in the virtual space, and executing a second game that causes the enemy character and a player character, which have satisfied a given condition, to fight a battle; and a game management means for executing processing for permitting the player to perform an operation relating to the second game when it is judged that the given condition has been established in the virtual space during the execution of the first game, and reflecting a result of the battle in the second game in a parameter to be used in the first game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/55 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/525 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras
  • A63F 13/42 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle

47.

Simulation control device and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15469987
Grant Number 10761600
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-03-27
First Publication Date 2017-09-28
Grant Date 2020-09-01
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Onda, Akio
  • Yamamoto, Haruyoshi

Abstract

A simulation control device includes: a display processing section; a measurement section that measures a gaze time of a user with respect to an object that is placed in the virtual space, and decreases a measured value obtained by the measurement corresponding to a time in which the user does not gaze at the object when the user has removed his/her gaze from the object; and a reception section that determines that the object has been selected when the measured value has reached a first threshold value, determines that the selection of the object has been confirmed when the measured value has reached a second threshold value that is larger than the first threshold value, and determines that the selection of the object has been canceled when the measured value has decreased to a third threshold value before the selection of the object is confirmed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G02B 27/00 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups ,
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06F 3/0481 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

48.

Simulation control device and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15470136
Grant Number 10350495
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-03-27
First Publication Date 2017-09-28
Grant Date 2019-07-16
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Onda, Akio
  • Yamamoto, Haruyoshi

Abstract

A simulation control device that utilizes a wearable image display device includes: a display processing section that displays a virtual space on the wearable image display device; a measurement section that measures a gaze time of a user with respect to an object that is placed in the virtual space; a reception section that determines that the object has been selected when a measured value obtained by the measurement has reached a first threshold value, and determines that the selection has been confirmed when the measured value has reached a second threshold value that is larger than the first threshold value; and a notification section that notifies the user of a magnitude of the measured value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/235 - Input arrangements for video game devices for interfacing with the game device, e.g. specific interfaces between game controller and console using a wireless connection, e.g. infrared or piconet
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/426 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving on-screen location information, e.g. screen coordinates of an area at which the player is aiming with a light gun
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • G06T 13/20 - 3D [Three Dimensional] animation
  • G06T 19/20 - Editing of 3D images, e.g. changing shapes or colours, aligning objects or positioning parts

49.

Game device, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15456916
Grant Number 10463966
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-03-13
First Publication Date 2017-09-21
Grant Date 2019-11-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Fujiwara, Yasunori
  • Takeda, Tatsuya
  • Goto, Gota
  • Fukunishi, Shinichirou
  • Tagiri, Satoshi

Abstract

A game device includes a processor implementing a character process that performs a character control process; a game process that performs a game parameter calculation process; and a display process that displays a game image based on results of the game process. The processor implements the character process that performs a process that controls a master character that is operated by a player, and a process that controls a plurality of subordinate characters that are subordinate to the master character. The processor implements the game process that performs a process regarding a game event that involves a first subordinate character and a second subordinate character based on a first relationship parameter between the first subordinate character and the second subordinate character, a second relationship parameter between the master character and the first subordinate character, and a third relationship parameter between the master character and the second subordinate character.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/822 - Strategy games; Role-playing games 
  • A63F 13/825 - Fostering virtual characters
  • A63F 13/56 - Computing the motion of game characters with respect to other game characters, game objects or elements of the game scene, e.g. for simulating the behaviour of a group of virtual soldiers or for path finding

50.

Information storage medium, server, and game device

      
Application Number 15435357
Grant Number 09993731
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-17
First Publication Date 2017-08-24
Grant Date 2018-06-12
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Iguchi, Tadashi

Abstract

A computer performs a process for displaying an object string and a player object within a game screen, the object string including a main object, and at least one sub-object that is connected to the main object, the player object being an object that can be operated by a player, and virtual walls that limit a moving direction of each of the main object, the sub-object and the player object being provided within the game screen. The motion of the player object within the game screen is controlled in response to an operation performed by the player. The motion mode of the object string is switched from a first mode to a second mode or a third mode based on a given condition, the second mode being a mode in which the object string is inferior as compared with the first mode, and the third mode being a mode in which the main object is superior as compared with the first mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game

51.

Game device, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15388216
Grant Number 10478724
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-12-22
First Publication Date 2017-06-29
Grant Date 2019-11-19
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Oishi, Yuki
  • Takahashi, Tetsuo
  • Kadowaki, Yosuke
  • Yamamoto, Masumi
  • Ogasawara, Shuichi
  • Yano, Yoshihito

Abstract

A game device includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement: an input process that acquires line-of-sight information about a player who wears a head-mounted display, and input information that has been input by the player using an input device; a game process that performs a first game process based on the input information, and performs a second game process based on the line-of-sight information, when a game includes a first game and a second game, the first game process being a process for the player to play the first game, and the second game process being a process for the player to play the second game; and a game result calculation process that calculates a game result achieved by the player based on a result of the first game process and a result of the second game process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/428 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving motion or position input signals, e.g. signals representing the rotation of an input controller or a player's arm motions sensed by accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment
  • A63F 13/424 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving acoustic input signals, e.g. by using the results of pitch or rhythm extraction or voice recognition
  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • A63F 13/42 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/426 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving on-screen location information, e.g. screen coordinates of an area at which the player is aiming with a light gun

52.

Image generation system, image generation method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15361987
Grant Number 10176586
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-11-28
First Publication Date 2017-06-08
Grant Date 2019-01-08
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Hamanaka, Yuta
  • Hsieh, Andrew

Abstract

An image generation system includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement: an object space setting process that performs a process that places a plurality of objects including a moving object in an object space; a moving object calculation process that performs a movement process that moves the moving object in the object space; and a parameter process that performs a process that sets at least one of an attack parameter, a defense parameter, and a movement control parameter of the moving object based on at least one of density information about an assemblage of particles within a line or a range that extends from the moving object in a given direction, and the density information about the assemblage of particles at a position of the moving object; and an image generation process that generates an image viewed from a given viewpoint in the object space.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • G06T 7/20 - Analysis of motion
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • G06T 1/20 - Processor architectures; Processor configuration, e.g. pipelining
  • G06T 15/08 - Volume rendering
  • G06T 15/20 - Perspective computation
  • G06T 13/60 - 3D [Three Dimensional] animation of natural phenomena, e.g. rain, snow, water or plants

53.

Method for generating and displaying image of virtual space, electronic device and server system

      
Application Number 15264192
Grant Number 10092847
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-13
First Publication Date 2017-03-16
Grant Date 2018-10-09
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Maejima, Kazuhito
  • Matsumoto, Masaki

Abstract

A player character is placed so as to be linked to a given edge position of a board. A plurality of puzzle pieces including an enemy character piece that represents an enemy character are placed on the board. The player inputs a selection path from the puzzle piece situated at the given edge position or the player character without removing the finger from the board so as to select and delete puzzle pieces among the plurality of puzzle pieces that are placed on the board and belong to an identical type, or are considered to belong to an identical type. When the enemy character piece lies in the selection path, the player character that corresponds to the puzzle piece set to be the start point, or the player character set to be the start point, attacks the enemy character represented by the enemy character piece.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/00 - Games not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/42 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle

54.

Method for generating image to be displayed on head tracking type virtual reality head mounted display and image generation device

      
Application Number 15264248
Grant Number 10636212
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-13
First Publication Date 2017-03-16
Grant Date 2020-04-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Mimoto, Jun

Abstract

A gaze determination area is provided to an image displayed on a VR-HMD. An object that has been displayed within the gaze determination area for a time equal to or longer than a given time is determined to be a gaze object (cup object). First-level menu display objects that respectively represent first-level menu items among menu items having a hierarchical structure that are set to the object are displayed in an array in a reference direction that is defined with respect to the gaze object. When the user has turned his/her head so that the desired first-level menu display object is displayed within the gaze determination area, and the desired first-level menu display object has been detected to be the gaze object, the first-level menu item is selected, and second-level menu display objects that are lower than the selected first-level menu item are displayed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer

55.

Terminal device

      
Application Number 15082481
Grant Number 10525337
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-28
First Publication Date 2016-11-03
Grant Date 2020-01-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Onda, Ko

Abstract

A terminal device receives an input instruction on a game process that corresponds to an input reception area when a touch operation input on the input reception area has been detected by a first detection process, and disables a given input instruction that corresponds to the input reception area when a slide operation input on the input reception area has been detected by a second detection process, the slide operation input having been performed to directly follow the touch operation input performed when the input instruction regarding the game process was received.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range

56.

Image generation device and image generation method

      
Application Number 15073046
Grant Number 10183220
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-17
First Publication Date 2016-10-06
Grant Date 2019-01-22
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Koseki, Kazumasa
  • Yamamoto, Haruyoshi

Abstract

An image generation device includes a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to implement a reception process that receives a command selected by a player from a plurality of commands, a game process that includes a process that implements the effect of the received command, and a display process that displays a game image based on the results of the game process. The processor is configured to implement the game process that includes a process that implements the effect of the command that corresponds to information about a character that is the target of game play performed by the player and viewpoint information about the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/26 - Output arrangements for video game devices having at least one additional display device, e.g. on the game controller or outside a game booth
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/42 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle
  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity

57.

Server system for sharing game play videos

      
Application Number 15073202
Grant Number 09990437
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-17
First Publication Date 2016-10-06
Grant Date 2018-06-05
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO STUDIOS INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Onda, Akio
  • Nashida, Hiroyuki
  • Minami, Kiyoshi

Abstract

A server system regularly accesses a video database, searches the video database for a game play video of an online game provided by the server system based on a cyclic check keyword, and stores (manages) access information about the game play video, video-related information, a view count, and the like as cyclic check result data. When the server system has received an inquiry about the game play video of the online game from a user terminal that executes the online game, the server system searches the cyclic check result data and the like for the access information about the game play video that is appropriate for the play state, and returns the access information. The server system gives a bonus to the user (player) of the game play video of which the view count has reached a reference value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • A63F 13/86 - Watching games played by other players

58.

Game device, game system, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 15008082
Grant Number 09789401
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-01-27
First Publication Date 2016-08-04
Grant Date 2017-10-17
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Harada, Katsuhiro
  • Ikeda, Kohei
  • Kudo, Kei
  • Shibukawa, Hidenori
  • Fukutomi, Tsuyoshi
  • Koshiba, Yukio

Abstract

A game device controls a first virtual camera and a second virtual camera so that the first virtual camera and the second virtual camera are situated within an object space to be point-symmetrical, line-symmetrical, or plane-symmetrical with respect to a reference point, a reference line, or a reference plane that is defined by a first position linked to a first character and a second position linked to a second character. The game device determines whether to display the object space photographed by the first virtual camera or the object space photographed by the second virtual camera as a game image based on a selection instruction issued by a player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • A63F 13/56 - Computing the motion of game characters with respect to other game characters, game objects or elements of the game scene, e.g. for simulating the behaviour of a group of virtual soldiers or for path finding
  • A63F 13/833 - Hand-to-hand fighting, e.g. martial arts competition
  • A63F 13/5258 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras by dynamically adapting the position of the virtual camera to keep a game object or game character in its viewing frustum, e.g. for tracking a character or a ball

59.

Information processing apparatus and processing method

      
Application Number 15007592
Grant Number 10195521
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-01-27
First Publication Date 2016-07-28
Grant Date 2019-02-05
Owner
  • Akatsuki Inc. (Japan)
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shiota, Genki
  • Tezuka, Koji
  • Hashimoto, Kunio
  • Kanai, Ken
  • Sekii, Shohei

Abstract

An information processing apparatus erases, on the basis of a chained state of a plurality of pieces arranged on a game field, the pieces in the chained state. The arrangement of the pieces in the game field is controlled such that, in a predetermined region on the game field, an odd number of pieces and an even number of pieces are alternately arranged on imaginary lines in an advancing direction on the game field. For example, the information processing apparatus erases a serial piece group formed as a chain by determining, starting from operation for any one piece on the imaginary line corresponding to a frontmost row among the imaginary lines, whether a piece of a same kind as the one piece is present in left and right pieces adjacent to the one piece present on a next imaginary line in the advancing direction from the operated one piece.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode

60.

Controller for game machine

      
Application Number 29512748
Grant Number D0754796
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-26
Grant Date 2016-04-26
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

61.

Controller for game machine

      
Application Number 29512740
Grant Number D0754258
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-19
Grant Date 2016-04-19
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

62.

Chassis for game machine

      
Application Number 29512751
Grant Number D0753232
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-05
Grant Date 2016-04-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

63.

Game machine

      
Application Number 29512739
Grant Number D0753234
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-05
Grant Date 2016-04-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

64.

Chassis for game machine

      
Application Number 29512731
Grant Number D0753231
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-05
Grant Date 2016-04-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

65.

Chassis for game machine

      
Application Number 29512724
Grant Number D0753233
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-22
First Publication Date 2016-04-05
Grant Date 2016-04-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakai, Tsuyoshi
  • Fukutomi, Yasuji
  • Arai, Jun
  • Nakamura, Kiwamu
  • Akamatsu, Shoichiro

66.

Information storage medium and game system

      
Application Number 14809504
Grant Number 10022629
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-07-27
First Publication Date 2016-02-04
Grant Date 2018-07-17
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Odate, Ryuji

Abstract

A game system includes a character setting section that sets a plurality of characters selected by a player from among a plurality of characters possessed by the player to be battle characters, a game processing section that executes a battle between the characters that have been set to be the battle characters and an enemy character that appears in a stage selected by the player, and an information presentation section that, when a number of times that the player failed to clear the stage has reached a predetermined number, extracts a plurality of characters recommended to be the battle characters from among the characters possessed by the player when the number of times that the player failed to clear the stage has reached a predetermined number, determines whether or not the player can clear the stage when the extracted characters are set to be the battle characters, and presents information that corresponds to the determination result to the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/833 - Hand-to-hand fighting, e.g. martial arts competition

67.

Game system that projects game image and created image onto projection target object

      
Application Number 14666644
Grant Number 10080960
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-24
First Publication Date 2015-12-31
Grant Date 2018-09-25
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takemoto, Junichi
  • Sakakibara, Tadashi
  • Kanakubo, Tetsuya

Abstract

A game system includes at least one game device, a control section that is communicably connected to the game device, and a projection section that includes at least one projection device that projects a projection image onto a projection target object. The control section performs a control process that controls the game device and a projection control process that controls projection of the projection image. The projection section projects a game image generated by the game device and a created image created by the control section onto the projection target object as the projection image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/26 - Output arrangements for video game devices having at least one additional display device, e.g. on the game controller or outside a game booth
  • A63F 13/355 - Performing operations on behalf of clients with restricted processing capabilities, e.g. servers transform changing game scene into an MPEG-stream for transmitting to a mobile phone or a thin client
  • A63F 13/27 - Output arrangements for video game devices characterised by a large display in a public venue, e.g. in a movie theatre, stadium or game arena

68.

Display control method for head-mounted display (HMD) and image generation device

      
Application Number 14663984
Grant Number 09884248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-20
First Publication Date 2015-12-10
Grant Date 2018-02-06
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Koseki, Kazumasa
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

The position and the posture of an HMD, and the position of a game controller in the real space are detected, and tracked. An image of a virtual space is displayed on the HMD. A controller object is disposed and displayed at a position within the virtual space that corresponds to the position of the game controller in the real space viewed from the HMD. Therefore, the player can easily find and hold the game controller even when the player wears the HMD.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/25 - Output arrangements for video game devices
  • A63F 13/5255 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras according to dedicated instructions from a player, e.g. using a secondary joystick to rotate the camera around a player's character
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/533 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game for prompting the player, e.g. by displaying a game menu
  • A63F 13/285 - Generating tactile feedback signals via the game input device, e.g. force feedback

69.

Information storage medium and game system

      
Application Number 14659778
Grant Number 10052559
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-17
First Publication Date 2015-11-26
Grant Date 2018-08-21
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Tezuka, Koji

Abstract

A game system causes an enemy character that is caused to battle with a player character to appear by implementing a first lottery, and implements a battle between the enemy character that has been caused to appear and the player character. After the battle has started, when a player has performed an operation input that selects one item among a plurality of types of items for acquiring the enemy character, the game system implements a second lottery based on the win probability that corresponds to the type of the selected item and gives the enemy character with which the player character has battled to the player when the player has won the second lottery.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/822 - Strategy games; Role-playing games 
  • A63F 13/46 - Computing the game score

70.

Game device and information storage medium

      
Application Number 14659755
Grant Number 09962613
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-17
First Publication Date 2015-10-01
Grant Date 2018-05-08
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nishimura, Norihiro
  • Shimizu, Takehiro
  • Ishiyama, Tatsuya

Abstract

A game device includes an area determination section that determines an area in which a virtual camera is located in a game space, an enemy character control section that controls the motion of an enemy character, and a game control section that controls an attack on the enemy character in the area in which the virtual camera is located, the game control section setting an input section among a plurality of input sections to be an input section that allows the player to perform an area change input based on the determination result of the area determination section, changing the area in which the virtual camera is located when the input section that allows the player to perform the area change input has been operated, and enabling an attack input for attacking the enemy character when an input section other than the input section that allows the player to perform the area change input has been operated, and the enemy character control section controlling the enemy character based on the determination result of the area determination section.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/56 - Computing the motion of game characters with respect to other game characters, game objects or elements of the game scene, e.g. for simulating the behaviour of a group of virtual soldiers or for path finding
  • A63F 13/211 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using inertial sensors, e.g. accelerometers or gyroscopes
  • A63F 13/212 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using sensors worn by the player, e.g. for measuring heart beat or leg activity
  • A63F 13/525 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras
  • A63F 13/837 - Shooting of targets

71.

Game system, server system, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 14484923
Grant Number 09844731
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-12
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2017-12-19
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Yonezawa, Makoto
  • Mihashi, Ryota

Abstract

A game system includes a game processing section that performs a game process, a lottery processing section that sets a lottery range that specifies a range of items among a plurality of items used during the game process that are subjected to a lottery process, and selects an item from the items that belong to the lottery range by performing the lottery process, and an item acquisition processing section that performs a process that allows a player to acquire the selected item. Information about the plurality of items has a data structure in which the plurality of items are linked to have a parent-child relationship. The lottery processing section sets the lottery range so that a child item is included within the lottery range when a parent item has been set to an acquired state or an acquirable state, and changes the set lottery range based on given information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/85 - Providing additional services to players
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

72.

Information storage medium and game system having operation input of sequentially selected elements

      
Application Number 14468487
Grant Number 09643087
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-26
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2017-05-09
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Naoi, Yoshinori
  • Oodate, Ryuuji
  • Ikeda, Kousei

Abstract

A game system is designed so that, when an operation input that sequentially selects a plurality of player characters from a plurality of player characters placed in a character selection area has been performed, and it has been determined that the sequentially selected player characters satisfy a selection allowance condition that is set based on an attribute, each of the sequentially selected player characters attacks an enemy character, and the player character that has attacked the enemy character is deleted from the character selection area. The same number of player character as the player character deleted from the character selection area is additionally placed in the character selection area, and an attribute of each player character that is additionally placed in the character selection area is determined according to a given rule.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/822 - Strategy games; Role-playing games 
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens

73.

Game system, server system, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 14484367
Grant Number 09833712
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-12
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2017-12-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Yonezawa, Makoto
  • Noda, Masayoshi
  • Takahashi, Tsuyoshi

Abstract

A game system includes a game processing section that performs a process that implements a game, a data link processing section that determines that a data link activation condition has been satisfied when a data link start positional relationship has been established between a moving object and another moving object, and performs a process that produces a data link effect that changes at least one of the radar-related capability of the moving object and the performance of the moving object, and a display processing section that performs a display process that displays a display object that notifies a player of information about a data link. The data link processing section performs a process that prohibits production of the data link effect during at least one of a given first period after the game has started, and a given second period after production of the data link effect has been canceled.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/803 - Driving vehicles or craft, e.g. cars, airplanes, ships, robots or tanks
  • A63F 13/847 - Cooperative playing, e.g. requiring coordinated actions from several players to achieve a common goal
  • A63F 13/57 - Simulating properties, behaviour or motion of objects in the game world, e.g. computing tyre load in a car race game

74.

Server system and method for controlling computer system

      
Application Number 14499468
Grant Number 09808718
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-29
First Publication Date 2015-03-12
Grant Date 2017-11-07
Owner
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
  • DeNA Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Okabayashi, Hideyuki
  • Shimooka, Sokichi
  • Hishinuma, Yuui
  • Kanematsu, Terukazu
  • Katsutani, Yuya
  • Umetani, Shinichirou
  • Onishi, Yasumichi
  • Otani, Atsushi

Abstract

A server system and the like allow the users who play asynchronous games to perceive each other's presence to prompt the users to communicate with each other and feel a sense of solidarity. When the progress of a first game played by one player has changed to be advantageous to the player due to the use of an AP recovery item or the like, a parameter in the first game is incremented (e.g., action points AP are recovered). A parameter in a second game played by a friend user of the player is also incremented (e.g., the action points AP are recovered) through an extension control process. An activation notification W12 that notifies to that effect is displayed on a user terminal of the player who plays the first game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions
  • A63F 13/58 - Controlling game characters or game objects based on the game progress by computing conditions of game characters, e.g. stamina, strength, motivation or energy level
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers

75.

Game machine

      
Application Number 14325709
Grant Number 09754460
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-07-08
First Publication Date 2015-01-15
Grant Date 2017-09-05
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sato, Yoshinori
  • Tokitou, Tetsuo
  • Tokue, Akihiko

Abstract

A game machine includes: game medium release means that releases a plurality of game media to a determination area included in a game space based on an operation input from operation section; detection means that detects the occurrence or non-occurrence of a predetermined event at a plurality of determination points provided in the determination area, the predetermined event occurring due to a released game medium among the plurality of game media; and determination means that performs a win determination process based on the occurrence or non-occurrence of the predetermined event at the plurality of determination points provided in the determination area, the determination means determining that the player has won the game when a plurality of determination points among the plurality of determination points at which the predetermined event has occurred satisfy a winning condition.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/38 - Ball games; Shooting apparatus
  • A63F 7/00 - Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games
  • A63F 7/24 - Devices controlled by the player to project or roll-off the playing bodies
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 9/02 - Shooting or hurling games
  • A63F 9/30 - Capturing games for grabbing or trapping objects, e.g. fishing games

76.

Method for implementing game, storage medium, game device, and computer

      
Application Number 14345123
Grant Number 09155967
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-31
First Publication Date 2014-12-04
Grant Date 2015-10-13
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Koganezawa, Tsutomu
  • Umetani, Shinichiro

Abstract

A technique is disclosed that makes it possible to prevent or suppress various problems that may occur due to character placement control when implementing a multi-player game that utilizes an augmented reality space. A basic area is set based on the relative position of each game device with respect to an AR marker, and an element area is set so that the AR marker does not lie outside the imaging range of a CCD camera module of each game device. An overlapping area of the basic area and the element area is calculated to be a placement area. The motion of an attention object is controlled so that the attention object remains within the placement area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • A63F 13/65 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor automatically by game devices or servers from real world data, e.g. measurement in live racing competition
  • A63F 13/213 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types comprising photodetecting means, e.g. cameras, photodiodes or infrared cells
  • A63F 13/5255 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras according to dedicated instructions from a player, e.g. using a secondary joystick to rotate the camera around a player's character
  • A63F 13/34 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using peer-to-peer connections
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing
  • A63F 13/327 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using local area network [LAN] connections using wireless networks, e.g. Wi-Fi or piconet
  • A63F 13/5258 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras by dynamically adapting the position of the virtual camera to keep a game object or game character in its viewing frustum, e.g. for tracking a character or a ball

77.

Image distortion correction system

      
Application Number 14226045
Grant Number 09495799
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-03-26
First Publication Date 2014-10-02
Grant Date 2016-11-15
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nagase, Jun
  • Kakizawa, Takahiro
  • Ishii, Motonaga
  • Kikuchi, Tohru

Abstract

An image generation system includes a vertex split count setting section that performs a vertex split count setting process that sets a vertex split count m, a vertex split processing section that performs a vertex split process on a three-dimensional object OB in an object space using the vertex split count m, a vertex position calculation section that calculates an intersection position of a projection screen SC and a straight line that connects a vertex position of the three-dimensional object OB after the vertex split process and a position of a virtual camera VC, and calculates a vertex position of a drawing object corresponding to the three-dimensional object OB on a drawing buffer based on the calculated intersection position, and a drawing section that draws the drawing object on the drawing buffer based on the vertex position of the drawing object to generate a projection image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 17/20 - Wire-frame description, e.g. polygonalisation or tessellation
  • G06T 15/20 - Perspective computation

78.

Game system, server system, processing method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 14226920
Grant Number 09480915
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-03-27
First Publication Date 2014-10-02
Grant Date 2016-11-01
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Takahashi, Tsuyoshi
  • Tamaoki, Jun
  • Yonezawa, Makoto

Abstract

A game system includes a game processing section that performs a process that implements a game that utilizes a moving object, the moving object moving in a game space based on operation information, a restoration processing section that performs a restoration process that restores the moving object that has reached an unable-to-continue state when it has become unable to continue to play the game that utilizes the moving object, the moving object being restored at a restoration point in the game space that has been selected by a player, and a charging section. The charging section performs a charging process that causes a charge to differ corresponding to the restoration point selected by the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/358 - Adapting the game course according to the network or server load, e.g. for reducing latency due to different connection speeds between clients
  • A63F 13/792 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for payment purposes, e.g. monthly subscriptions
  • A63F 13/493 - Resuming a game, e.g. after pausing, malfunction or power failure
  • A63F 13/803 - Driving vehicles or craft, e.g. cars, airplanes, ships, robots or tanks

79.

Game system, information storage medium and game proecssing method

      
Application Number 14162283
Grant Number 09579563
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-01-23
First Publication Date 2014-08-07
Grant Date 2017-02-28
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Shinoda, Tetsuya

Abstract

A game system can implements a multiplayer game. The game system includes: a union event processing section that disposes a united object in an object space instead of player objects respectively operated by a plurality of players when a union event has occurred, and sets the plurality of players to a cooperative play state; an individual play processing section that controls the player objects respectively operated by the plurality of players based on input information input by each of the plurality of players; and a cooperative play processing section that controls the united object based on the input information input by the plurality of players, the union event processing section determining a relative advantage of positions of the player objects respectively operated by the plurality of players before occurrence of the union event, and determining a placement position of the united object based on determination results.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment
  • A63F 13/803 - Driving vehicles or craft, e.g. cars, airplanes, ships, robots or tanks
  • A63F 13/34 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using peer-to-peer connections
  • A63F 13/847 - Cooperative playing, e.g. requiring coordinated actions from several players to achieve a common goal
  • A63F 13/335 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using wide area network [WAN] connections using Internet

80.

Server, terminal, network system, program and information storage medium

      
Application Number 14110608
Grant Number 09744443
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-11
First Publication Date 2014-04-24
Grant Date 2017-08-29
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tezuka, Koji
  • Ota, Masaki
  • Honma, Kentaro

Abstract

A server is connected to a terminal via a network, and manages registration of game information, the terminal performing a first game process that utilizes stored game information, and a second game process that utilizes registered game information. The server stores terminal identification information of the terminal and an allowable registration count of the terminal in a linked manner, updates the allowable registration count while being linked to the terminal identification information corresponding to a received update allowable registration count, transmits a registration permission notification to the terminal upon reception of a game information registration request from the terminal when the allowable registration count is equal to or larger than a given number, transmits a registration non-permission notification to the terminal when the allowable registration count is less than the given number, and decrements the allowable registration count when the server has transmitted the registration permission notification to the terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

81.

Information storage medium, game device, and server

      
Application Number 14026750
Grant Number 09333419
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-13
First Publication Date 2014-03-20
Grant Date 2016-05-10
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shimono, Masataka
  • Watanabe, Shuntaro
  • Kato, Takamasa
  • Tomisawa, Miki
  • Matsuura, Norimasa

Abstract

Input information that selects one card among five cards that are arranged in one direction in a predetermined area of a game screen is received, and a player character is caused to make a motion corresponding to the selected card. When three cards to which an identical attribute is assigned are adjacently disposed in the predetermined area, the three cards are replaced with one card to which the same attribute as that of the three cards is assigned, but which differs in type from the three cards, the card positioned in the rightward direction relative to the replaced cards is shifted in the leftward direction, and an additional two cards are disposed in the space formed by shifting the card.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/833 - Hand-to-hand fighting, e.g. martial arts competition
  • A63F 13/53 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game
  • A63F 1/00 - Card games

82.

Lottery game apparatus

      
Application Number 13848911
Grant Number 08899585
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-22
First Publication Date 2013-12-26
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Tokue, Akihiko
  • Tokitou, Tetsuo
  • Sato, Yoshinori

Abstract

A lottery game apparatus includes a distribution section (discharge section) that discharges a ball that has been discharged in response to an operation input performed using an operation section, a plurality of open areas that receive the ball that has fallen from the distribution section, a plurality of lottery sections that implement a lottery using the ball, a moving path that guides the ball that has fallen into a first open area to a first lottery section, a moving path that guides the ball that has fallen into a second open area to a second lottery section, and a moving path that guides the ball that has fallen into a third open area to a third lottery section. The distribution section changes the discharge position or the discharge direction of the ball.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 7/28 - Devices controlled by the player to project or roll-off the playing bodies using gravity
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 9/00 - Games not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 17/38 - Ball games; Shooting apparatus
  • A63F 7/34 - Other devices for handling the playing bodies, e.g. bonus ball return means

83.

Information generation device, information provision system, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 13837049
Grant Number 09390581
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-26
Grant Date 2016-07-12
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Nashida, Hiroyuki

Abstract

An information generation device includes an adjustment section that adjusts a selection probability of a game medium that is provided to a second player based on a game status of a first player, the game medium being displayed in a game, and an information generation section that generates indication information corresponding to the selection probability adjusted by the adjustment section, the indication information indicating the selection probability of the game medium in a lottery event to the second player, the lottery event being an event for providing the game medium.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

84.

Server system and method to provide bonus based on login history

      
Application Number 13713141
Grant Number 09446317
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-13
First Publication Date 2013-09-26
Grant Date 2016-09-20
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shimono, Masataka
  • Hamamura, Takashi

Abstract

A server system refers to the login history of a registered friend player within a given period when an authenticated player has been subjected to a login process. The server system gives a bonus that corresponds to the number (login friend count) of friend users who have logged in within the given period to the authenticated player when the authenticated player has logged in.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • A63F 13/85 - Providing additional services to players
  • A63F 13/843 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode involving concurrently two or more players on the same game device, e.g. requiring the use of a plurality of controllers or of a specific view of game data for each player
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A63F 13/69 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor by enabling or updating specific game elements, e.g. unlocking hidden features, items, levels or versions

85.

Content giving control method

      
Application Number 13745895
Grant Number 09005002
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-21
First Publication Date 2013-08-01
Grant Date 2015-04-14
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Oochi, Hiroaki
  • Futami, Yousuke

Abstract

A given content list stores information about a content that has been given to a player. When a prize content selected by a lottery has been registered in the given content list, it is determined that the prize content satisfies a duplication condition, and an alternative content is selected from an alternative content list, and given to the player instead of the prize content selected by the lottery. An alternative content notification screen that notifies the player that the alternative content has been given to the player is displayed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

86.

Operating apparatus for game machine

      
Application Number 13790428
Grant Number 08900058
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-08
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Wakitani, Noboru
  • Takamoto, Junji
  • Nagareda, Takeshi
  • Ito, Kuniaki
  • Nagata, Hideo
  • Igarashi, Hiroshi
  • Onda, Akio

Abstract

An operating apparatus for game machine includes a depressing member. A main body of the depressing member is provided with three engaging protrusions and two depressing protrusions that downwardly protrude. For example, the two depressing protrusions are provided between the three engaging protrusions. In response to a beating operation, the right side of the depressing member is depressed, and an engaging portion of the engaging protrusion at the left side is engaged with a rear surface of an upper surface panel. Accordingly, the depressing member depressed at the right side without being upwardly actuated, and a rubber switch depressed by the depressing protrusion is brought into contact with a board. At this time, a contact provided on the board and a contact provided on the rubber switch are brought into contact with each other, and an operation signal according to the beating operation is output to the game machine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

87.

Input direction determination system, terminal, server, network system, information storage medium, and input direction determination method

      
Application Number 13713133
Grant Number 09652063
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-13
First Publication Date 2013-06-20
Grant Date 2017-05-16
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Murata, Shigeto

Abstract

An input direction determination system includes an input direction determination section that determines the input direction based on a reference point and the indication position, and a reference point change section that determines whether or not to change the reference point based on an angle formed by a first direction that is determined by the reference point and an indication position at a first timing or a timing that precedes the first timing, and a second direction that is determined by the indication position at the first timing and an indication position at a second timing that follows the first timing, or an angle formed by connection lines that connect indication positions at different timings, and changes the reference point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • A63F 13/426 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment by mapping the input signals into game commands, e.g. mapping the displacement of a stylus on a touch screen to the steering angle of a virtual vehicle involving on-screen location information, e.g. screen coordinates of an area at which the player is aiming with a light gun
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/92 - Video game devices specially adapted to be hand-held while playing

88.

Method for controlling computer that is held and operated by user using a re-touch determination area

      
Application Number 13654707
Grant Number 09001062
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-18
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2015-04-07
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ito, Shogo
  • Nakagawa, Takashi
  • Nakagawa, Yoshihito

Abstract

When a cube has been selected, and a touch operation has been canceled, a retouch determination area that is larger than the original selection area for selecting the cube is set based on a touch cancellation position. When a retouch operation has been detected within the retouch determination area after the touch operation has been canceled, it is determined that the same position as the touch cancellation position has been retouched, and the cube (object) is moved.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 1/16 - Constructional details or arrangements

89.

Method for exchanging NPC data between computer devices

      
Application Number 13610413
Grant Number 08608563
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-11
First Publication Date 2013-03-21
Grant Date 2013-12-17
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Miyazaki, Hidetaka
  • Uchiyama, Daisuke

Abstract

A special enemy character appears in a game world when a given appearance condition has been satisfied in a node (game device). When a game status relating to the special enemy character has satisfied a given game world-to-game world transfer condition (e.g., when the special enemy character has been severely damaged), the node transmits current character data of the special enemy character to another node (another game device), and deletes the special enemy character from the game world. When the appearance condition has been satisfied in the other node, the special enemy character appears in the game world generated by the other node while maintaining the state before transfer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

90.

Information provision apparatus and program

      
Application Number 13561345
Grant Number 08986123
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-30
First Publication Date 2013-02-07
Grant Date 2015-03-24
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Satake, Shinya
  • Akatsuka, Masahiro

Abstract

An information provision apparatus includes a storage section that stores item data, an update section that updates the item data when an item quantity change event has occurred during a first game that is executed by a first terminal, and a control section that causes a communication section to transmit item information to a second terminal when a purchase request operation has been performed by using a second terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A63F 13/40 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

91.

Information storage medium, server, network system, and game service-providing method

      
Application Number 13227696
Grant Number 09770662
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-09-08
First Publication Date 2012-03-15
Grant Date 2017-09-26
Owner BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Uchibori, Tamaki

Abstract

A server performs a parameter calculation process that changes an event parameter of a game event based on event identification information that is linked to a help destination regardless of whether or not a user of a second terminal is a member of a game application when the server has received help request data from a first terminal and also received an access request for the help destination (help URL) about the first terminal from the second terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/335 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using wide area network [WAN] connections using Internet

92.

Image generation system, image generation method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 13227121
Grant Number 09106906
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-09-07
First Publication Date 2012-03-08
Grant Date 2015-08-11
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ishii, Motonaga
  • Imagire, Takashi

Abstract

An image generation system includes an object space setting section that sets an object space in which a plurality of objects are disposed, and an image generation section that generates a first-viewpoint image viewed from a first viewpoint in the object space, and a second-viewpoint image viewed from a second viewpoint in the object space, the first viewpoint and the second viewpoint implementing stereovision. The image generation section performs a drawing process to generate the first-viewpoint image and the second-viewpoint image, the drawing process changing a display state of an object in a direction from an inner drawing area toward an area outside the inner drawing area, the inner drawing area being positioned within a common area of a first-viewpoint view volume corresponding to the first viewpoint and a second-viewpoint view volume corresponding to the second viewpoint.

IPC Classes  ?

93.

Game apparatus

      
Application Number 13148136
Grant Number 09120008
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-17
First Publication Date 2012-03-08
Grant Date 2015-09-01
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shiino, Takashi
  • Sasajima, Kouji
  • Sakurai, Makiko

Abstract

A game apparatus includes a prize support section that supports a prize, a prize moving section that moves the prize supported by the prize support section by making a movement and a motion, a prize outlet that allows a player to remove the prize, and a prize guiding space that guides the prize toward the prize outlet. The game apparatus further includes a control section that controls the movement and the motion of the prize moving section based on operation information, and controls a motion force of the prize moving section based on motion force information, and a motion force change section that changes the motion force information based on a position of the prize moving section.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/30 - Capturing games for grabbing or trapping objects, e.g. fishing games
  • G07F 11/16 - Delivery means
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

94.

Information storage medium and image generation device

      
Application Number 13224897
Grant Number 08535154
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-09-02
First Publication Date 2012-03-08
Grant Date 2013-09-17
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Minato, Kazuhisa
  • Ishii, Motonaga
  • Nimura, Shinobu

Abstract

An image generation device includes a capture direction specifying section, a capture target specifying section, a marker placement control section that disposes a marker at the capture point, and an image generation section, the capture target specifying section determining whether or not the capture target is present in the capture direction, and specifying the capture target when the capture target is present, and the marker placement control section performing a depth value correction process that corrects the depth value of the capture point when a transition has occurred from a state in which the capture target is present to a state in which the capture target is not present.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

95.

Image generation system, image generation method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 13227129
Grant Number 09049428
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-09-07
First Publication Date 2012-03-08
Grant Date 2015-06-02
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Kuroda, Yosuke

Abstract

An image generation system includes a captured image acquisition section that acquires a captured image captured by an imaging section, a depth information acquisition section that acquires depth information about a photographic object observed within the captured image, an object processing section that performs a process that determines a positional relationship between the photographic object and a virtual object in a depth direction based on the acquired depth information, and synthesizes the virtual object with the captured image, and an image generation section that generates an image in which the virtual object is synthesized with the captured image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 13/02 - Picture signal generators
  • H04N 13/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis

96.

Information storage medium, server, and registration method

      
Application Number 13198953
Grant Number 09652927
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-05
First Publication Date 2012-02-09
Grant Date 2017-05-16
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Sadamoto, Kunihiro

Abstract

A server notifies another user that a virtual item of the user has been registered when the virtual item of the user has been registered, receives a registration request for the virtual item of the user from the terminal of the other user, and registers the virtual item of the user in association with the identification information of the other user as a virtual item of the other user when the registration request for the virtual item of the user from the terminal of the other user has been received.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

97.

Prize placement section for prize game apparatus, and prize game apparatus

      
Application Number 13148145
Grant Number 09216345
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-17
First Publication Date 2012-02-02
Grant Date 2015-12-22
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Shiino, Takashi
  • Sakurai, Makiko
  • Goto, Shigeharu
  • Ohi, Akihiro

Abstract

A prize placement section includes a first plate-like member having a side on which a prize is placed, and a frame member that supports the first plate-like member, the frame member including a frame-side attachment section that is adapted to removably attach the frame member to an apparatus-side attachment section provided in a game space, and the frame-side attachment section being positioned so that the frame member can be attached to the apparatus-side attachment section from above when the first plate-like member is not supported by the frame member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/30 - Capturing games for grabbing or trapping objects, e.g. fishing games
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

98.

Information storage medium and game-providing system

      
Application Number 13182859
Grant Number 08267795
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-07-14
First Publication Date 2012-01-26
Grant Date 2012-09-18
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor Shiraku, Shusuke

Abstract

A server includes an acquisition section that provides a user with information about a virtual event area selected based on acquired current position information and position information linked to the virtual event area, the virtual event area being linked to position information that indicates a position within a predetermined range from an acquired current position, and stores the virtual event area as acquisition information about the user when an acquisition request for the virtual event area has been received, the virtual event area being linked to user identification information, a visit processing section that provides the user with information about the virtual event area having position information that indicates a position within a predetermined range from the acquired current position, based on the acquired current position information and the position information linked to the virtual event area, and receives a visit request, and a parameter calculation section that changes a result value or a predetermined game parameter of the user when a visit request for the virtual event area stored as the acquisition information about the user has been received from another user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

99.

Information storage medium, image generation system, and image generation method

      
Application Number 13156837
Grant Number 09345972
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-06-09
First Publication Date 2011-12-15
Grant Date 2016-05-24
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nishida, Kouki
  • Aikawa, Masato
  • Tada, Wataru

Abstract

An information storage medium that stores a program, the program causing a computer to function as a moving object control section that controls movement of a moving object in a virtual three-dimensional space based on an operation input, a virtual camera control section that controls a setting of the virtual camera, and an image generation section that generates an image of the virtual three-dimensional space viewed from the virtual camera. The virtual camera control section includes a first camera control section that performs a first camera control process based on camera control data that defines a moving route of the virtual camera as a change in at least one of a relative position and a relative direction of the virtual camera with respect to the moving object, and at least one of a position and a direction of the moving object in the virtual three-dimensional space. The virtual camera control section disposes the virtual camera in the virtual three-dimensional space based on a first setting value obtained by the first control process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/5258 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras by dynamically adapting the position of the virtual camera to keep a game object or game character in its viewing frustum, e.g. for tracking a character or a ball
  • A63F 13/803 - Driving vehicles or craft, e.g. cars, airplanes, ships, robots or tanks
  • A63F 13/5252 - Changing parameters of virtual cameras using two or more virtual cameras concurrently or sequentially, e.g. automatically switching between fixed virtual cameras when a character changes room or displaying a rear-mirror view in a car-driving game

100.

Image generation system, image generation method, and information storage medium

      
Application Number 13157953
Grant Number 08520901
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-06-10
First Publication Date 2011-12-15
Grant Date 2013-08-27
Owner BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nishimoto, Yasuhiro
  • Kozasa, Chihiro
  • Sakakibara, Tadashi
  • Sekioka, Daisuke

Abstract

An image generation system includes an image information acquisition section that acquires image information from an image sensor, a skeleton information acquisition section that acquires skeleton information based on the image information from the image sensor, the skeleton information specifying a motion of an operator, a reliability information acquisition section that acquires reliability information that indicates reliability of the skeleton information, and an image generation section that generates an image displayed on a display section. The image generation section generates an image corresponding to the acquired reliability information as the image displayed on the display section.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television systems, i.e. systems in which the signal is not broadcast
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