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Wednesday, August 17 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
More than Me: Expanding Possibilities through Connected Multiplayer Location-Based Augmented Reality Games

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Prior work on location-based augmented reality (AR) games demonstrates that even in single-player games, in which non-networked mobile devices run independent instances of a particular game, players can have meaningful interactions and discussion around gameplay. However, technical constraints of single-player modes limit AR players’ peer interactions, which primarily occur in the real world. A shared true multiplayer experience would enable players to participate in more robust, collaborative experiences by connecting players to a shared game world. Connected players could collectively utilize limited game assets, communicate over distances, and impact other players’ digital game state. To explore these affordances, [PLATFORM] recently added multiplayer functionality to its existing single-player offering. This paper describes the initial release version of multiplayer features, outlines the rationale for these design decisions, and proposes additional research questions for future research.

Speakers
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Arjun Narayanan

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Judy Perry

STEP Lab/Education Arcade, MIT
Judy currently oversees design, development and research for several projects involving games and simulations for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Her research interests include location-based games and ubiquitous “casual” games. When she is not making or playing... Read More →
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Lisa Stump

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Wednesday August 17, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Varsity Hall Union South