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Big Cities Quest

Residents of Russia’s two capitals out for a stroll during the last weekend of September might have encountered hordes of young people in black vests racing toward a target. If you saw (and wondered about) the spectacle, it was a Navigation Game organized by Nokia. Five teams of four players each participated in a high-tech treasure hunt-cum-great race in which they had to solve riddles and uncover clues that pointed them to the next stop in the quest. To complicate matters, team members were strangers before the game commenced (a requirement for participation), but the challenges of unfamiliarity didn’t end there: Muscovites were sent to Petersburg for the game, while Petersburgers were sent to Moscow. When necessary, teams could consult a “life line” in the form of Nokia’s new Navigator, a mobile telephone that also provides GPS functions for both pedestrians and drivers. Naturally, the Navigator was a boon to lost teams trying to fi nd their way so far from home. The winning team in each city got the chance to practice their newly honed navigation skills — as well as the connectivity of their new Nokia phones — on a trip to Italy, courtesy of Nokia.

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