- Introduction -
- Related Resources -
- + Embedding games +
- - + Introduction +
- Neighbourhood Games -
- My Work -
- Backseat Playground -
- Urban Tapestries -
Neighbourhood Games is funded by Proboscis as part of
the Social Tapestries research programme http://socialtapestries.net
Real World Game Engine
By associating game properties to real world
objects, much in the same way that a videogame uses an object
orientated approach to associate properties and rules to modelled
and textured objects, real world objects can be orgamised and
related to form embedded game environments.
All trees in the countryside have
'tree' properties: you can gather wood and leaves, climb them,
hide stuff in them. Pine trees have additional properties, you
can gather resin from them or needles and they make a different
sound. The next trees you encounter will be scary, something has
happened that you are about to discover in the next wood you come
Using existing mapping databases where almost
every object in the country has been measured, located and referenced
then organised into layers of: roads, rivers, buildings, post
codes, topographic data and so on, complex relationships, rules
and properties can be assigned to the world around us. In this
way - it is possible to assign multiple and complex values and
relationships to a vast number of object groups as well as more
local groups without having to literally code vast numbers of
objects. It is then possible to assign highly detailed specifics
to a very small number of plot specific objects that can be triggered
either by proximity, plot order or time.
Further, by introducing structured ways of engaging with objects
and task ordering, objects can be assigned multiple functions
i.e. the ability to combine objects to make new objects by collect
'resources' embedded in the real environment, the use of objects
as part of game related tasks, or the use of objects or locations
to affect overall game play and progression. Unlike many existing
augmented reality games where a game is 'projected' onto the environment
allowing the player to engage the game on top of their surroundings,
the Real World Game model treats the surroundings as site the
game itself, directing the relationship between player and location.
By location I refer to notions of presence,
proximity and intention not just cartesian coordinates; "where
do I want play or exploration to happen" "where do I
want to be" rather than "where exactly am I?".
The focus is on presence; where the player feels they are or want
to be. In this way, play can be dissociated from actual location
allowing location to become an abstraction of the play experience.
By changing the relationship between player,
object, environment and location, the real world game engine changes
the way that games can be percieved in our everday, allowing us
to populate our surroundings with rich embedded experiences that
develop as we encounter them.
a term for the association
of videogame locations and objects to real world objects and locations;
enabling game continuity between the two states. This would, for
instance, allow a door in the real world to connect to an in-video
game door or portal allowing an embedded game in the real world
to be played near-seamlessly with a device centric video game...
more to follow.