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Title: Household Survival: Immersive Room-Sized Gaming Using Everyday Objects as Weapons
Authors: Berghmans, Brent
Faes, Axel
Kaminski, Matthijs
Todi, Kashyap
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: ACM
Citation: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM,p. 168-171
Abstract: Generic multi-button controllers are the most common input devices used for video games. In contrast, dedicated game controllers and gestural interactions increase immersion and playability. Room-sized gaming opens up possibilities to further enhance the immersive experience, and provides players with opportunities to use full-body movements as input. We present a purpose-centric approach to appropriating everyday objects as physical game controllers, for immersive room-sized gaming. Virtual manipulations supported by such physical controllers mimic real-world function and usage. Doing so opens up new possibilities for interactions that flow seamlessly from the physical into the virtual world. As a proof-of-concept, we present a ‘Tower Defense’ styled game, that uses four everyday household objects as game controllers, each of which serves as a weapon to defend the base of the players from enemy bots. Players are provided with: 1) a broom to sweep away enemy bots directionally; 2) a fan to scatter them away; 3) a vacuum cleaner to suck them; 4) a mouse trap to destroy them. Each controller is tracked using a motion capture system. A physics engine is integrated in the game and ensures virtual objects act as if they are manipulated by the actual physical controller, thus providing players with an immersive gaming experience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22944
DOI: 10.1145/2851581.2890372
ISBN: 9781450340823
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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