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See the first Google Glass game prototypes

Now you have an excuse to look ridiculous.

In an effort to make Google Glass wearers appear even loonier than they do already, Google has created a handful of very basic mini-games as a way to inspire developers to make games on the platform.

"We built the games to play well on Glass by utilising its unique features and design," Google explained on its official blog. "Each game is visually simple and straightforward to play. We intentionally wanted games that are quick to get into when you have a few, free minutes and just as easy to get out of when you want to turn your attention back to reality."

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One of these games is Balance, where you're tasked with keeping a virtual stack of shapes on top of your head. You control it through your head movements, but an onscreen visual shows you how you're doing. Tennis lets you use your head as a racket as the gyroscope and accelerometer allow you to aim by tilting your noggin. Clay Shooter is basically an animal friendly Duck Hunt where you aim by looking around, Matcher is a game of pattern memorisation, and Shape Splitter is like an even more minimalist Fruit Ninja where you slice by swiping your hand in front of the camera.

"We bundled a few games together in the Mini Games Glassware, but you can jump directly into each one from the main voice menu," the company explained. "This is an important theme on Glass: use voice actions to minimise the time it takes to go from intent to action."

What do you make of the augmented reality mini-games? Are they too embarrassing to play in public, or a nice way to escape reality for a few seconds? Perhaps you could turn your ostensibly erratic behaviour into a quirky conversation starter in a David Tennant-like fashion?