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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.

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Arjun Narayanan

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

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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 mobile games, Judy also leads professional development workshops for educators who want to implement location-based and other games in both formal and informal... Read More →
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Lisa Stump

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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

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