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AR Fighter: using HMDs to create vertigo play experiences

Byrne, Richard; Marshall, Joseph; Mueller, Florian "Floyd"

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Richard Byrne

Florian "Floyd" Mueller



Abstract

Game designers working with Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) are usually advised to avoid causing disorientation in players. However, we argue that disorientation is a key element of what makes “vertigo play” (such as spinning in circles until dizzy, balancing on high beams, or riding theme park rides) engaging experiences. We therefore propose that designers can take advantage of the disorientation afforded by HMDs to create novel vertigo play experiences. To demonstrate this idea, we created a two-player game called “AR Fighter”, in which two HMD wearing players attempt to affect each other’s balance. A study of AR Fighter (N=21) revealed three recurring vertigo-experience themes for researchers to analyse and associated design tactics for practitioners to create digital vertigo play experiences. With this work we aim to guide others in using disorientation as intriguing game element to create novel digital vertigo play experiences, broadening the range of games we play.

Start Date Oct 28, 2018
Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 45-57
Book Title CHI PLAY '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
APA6 Citation Byrne, R., Marshall, J., & Mueller, F. ". (2018). AR Fighter: using HMDs to create vertigo play experiences. In CHI PLAY '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. , (45-57). https://doi.org/10.1145/3242671.3242689
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3242671.3242689
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3242671.3242689

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