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Reindeer & Wolves: Exploring Sensory Deprivation in Multiplayer Digital Bodily Play

Daniel J Finnegan, Eduardo Velloso, Robb Mitchell, Florian Mueller, Rich Byrne

CHI PLAY | ACM | Published : 2014

Abstract

Games designed around digital bodily play involve bodily movement and expression to create engaging gameplay experiences. Most feedback in these games takes the form of visual stimuli. To explore the gameplay mechanics afforded by depriving players from these visual cues, we designed Reindeer & Wolves, a role-playing game where blindfolded players capture other players relying on their hearing alone. Based on our design and play testing, we devised four strategies for designing games that incorporate sensory deprivation as an element of the core mechanic.

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