System and method for playing an interactive game

  • US 10,010,790 B2
  • Filed: 09/02/2016
  • Issued: 07/03/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/05/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A physical gaming item for accessing selected features or portions of a virtual game carried out on one or more compatible gaming platforms, said gaming item comprising:

  • a wirelessly-powered radio frequency (RF) transceiver that provides two-way wireless communications with a wireless-compatible reader device associated with said one or more compatible gaming platforms over a limited wireless communication range of less than 60 cm;

    non-volatile memory storing a selection of information uniquely associated with said gaming item;

    said selection of information comprising at least one item of encrypted information that can be decrypted or authenticated using an encryption algorithm and at least one encryption key, and wherein said encrypted information, when decrypted or authenticated, enables a game participant to access one or more optional features or portions of a computer-animated game played on said one or more compatible gaming platforms; and

    wherein said at least one encryption key is uniquely associated with said gaming item and is ascertainable from information stored in said non-volatile memory.

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