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Mixing and Re-Purposing Realities

Flint, Tom, Hall, Lynne, Stewart, Fiona and O'Brien, Catherine (2018) Mixing and Re-Purposing Realities. In: 32nd Human Computer Interaction Conference, 2nd July 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Unpublished)

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This paper discusses a mixed reality that intertwines two parallel spaces, a real and a virtual contemporary sculpture park. With the goal to create a game that motivated children to explore the park and engage with the artworks, we engaged with children as informants. We developed a cast of characters based on the children’s input that lived in the sculpture park. Using the characters as inspiration we created a three-act narrative, with the canonical trajectory provided as a sequential clues treasure hunt. The clues are integrated into character dialogue, with traversal and transitions reinforced through the narrative. Although the narrative and game were designed for a collaborative, multi-user, multi-device experience, the characters, narrative and experience were rapidly re-purposed for an individual game on a mobile phone. This re-purposing focused on the transitions, using dramatic narrative to reinforce and mask reality change. Our results are positive, children enjoyed the mixed reality experiences and are keen to engage in different realities. Re-purposing assets, such as characters and narratives as well as virtual spaces is effective, enabling rapid development of similar, yet very different mixed reality experiences.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Child Computer Interaction, Digital Narrative, Mixed Realities
Depositing User: Lynne Hall


Item ID: 9685

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ORCID for Lynne Hall: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 08:49
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:06


Author: Lynne Hall ORCID iD
Author: Tom Flint
Author: Fiona Stewart
Author: Catherine O'Brien

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Faculty of Technology
Faculty of Technology > FOT Executive


Computing > Games Design
Computing > Human-Computer Interaction

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