alexa Pervasive play, immersion and story: designing interference


Journal of Psychological Abnormalities

Author(s): JohnPaul Bichard, Annika Waern

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Pervasive games are games that are played in the real world---they are not played as a computerized simulation or on a limited physical game arena. The central attraction for pervasive games is that they offer the pleasure of doing things for real. The world is a vast and infinitely changing resource of content for pervasive games. Interference is a pervasive game playable by groups of 6--8 players lasting for a total of 3--4 hours and using both technology (such as GPS positioning and augmented reality) and human actors to create the full experience. In this paper, we describe the design goals for Interference and how these permeate through all aspects of the design of the game to create a coherent experience. Interference shows how an emotionally complex game experience can be achieved without resorting to ambiguity or deep role playing. The game has so far been staged on seven occasions and we briefly report on the experiences from those stagings.

This article was published in Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts and referenced in Journal of Psychological Abnormalities

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