Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

8-2012

Abstract

Emerging pervasive games will be immersed into real-life situations and leverage new types of contextual interactions therein. For instance, a player’s punching gesture, running activity, and fast heart rate conditions can be used as the game inputs. Although the contextual interaction is the core building blocks of pervasive games, individual game developers hardly utilize a rich set of interactions within a game play. Most challenging, it is significantly difficult for developers to expect dynamic availability of input devices in real life, and adapt to the situation without system-level support. Also, it is challenging to coordinate its resource use with other gaming logics or applications. To address such challenges, we propose Player Space Director (PSD), a novel mobile platform for pervasive games. PSD facilitates the game developers to incorporate diverse contextual interactions in their game without considering complications in player’s real-life situations, e.g., heterogeneity, dynamics or resource scarcity of input devices. We implemented the PSD prototype on mobile devices, diverse set of sensors, and actuators. On top of PSD, we developed three exploratory applications, ULifeAvatar, Swan Boat, U-Theater, and showed the effectiveness of PSD through extensive deployment of those games.

Keywords

Pervasive Game, Platform, Mobile

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Mobile Gaming (MobiGame '12)

First Page

19

Last Page

24

ISBN

9781450314879

Identifier

10.1145/2342480.2342486

Publisher

ACM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2342480.2342486

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