Designing Unconventional Use of Conventional Displays in Games: Some Assembly Required

Goddard, W and Muscat, A 2016, 'Designing Unconventional Use of Conventional Displays in Games: Some Assembly Required', in Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference of DiGRA and FDG, Dundee, Scotland, 1-6 August 2016, pp. 1-15.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Designing Unconventional Use of Conventional Displays in Games: Some Assembly Required
Author(s) Goddard, W
Muscat, A
Year 2016
Conference name First International Joint Conference of DiGRA and FDG
Conference location Dundee, Scotland
Conference dates 1-6 August 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference of DiGRA and FDG
Publisher DiGRA
Place of publication Finland
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Abstract Game design is experiencing a renewed interest in co-located games and the social play it facilitates. Specifically, public settings such as game exhibitions and parties are the host of games with unique experiences supported in part by custom and unconventional hardware design. These installations of custom hardware can create barriers for distribution and facilitation. However, it is possible to create both similar and novel and installation-like experiences with ephemeral DIY-installations. We investigate two games that create such novel experiences. These games explore ephemeral installation design through the unconventional use of displays, but using only conventional and commercially available hardware. Our investigation reveals six themes, providing an understanding of how to utilize this design space related to the social, spatial, and tangible aspects of these game designs, such as creating movement and aggregated spectatorship. We present unconventional use of videogame hardware in public settings as an underexplored design space.
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Keyword(s) Game design
Co-located play
Social play
Socio-spatial
Embodied interaction
Magic circle
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