“”The Woods”: A Mixed Reality Two-Player Cooperative Game” by Swearingen, Swearingen, Halac, Ammannagari and Hall

  • ©Kyoung Lee Swearingen, Scott V. Swearingen, Fede Camara Halac, Sruthi Ammannagari, and Matt Hall




    "The Woods": A Mixed Reality Two-Player Cooperative Game



    While loneliness in our real lives is increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental, and emotional consequences, cooperative games have been shown to build empathy and provide positive social impact. In this paper, the authors present “The Woods,” a local cooperative, mixed-reality game using augmented reality and 4-channel audio spatialization panning that provides players with face-to-face interactions in pursuit of a shared goal. This paper discusses the narrative, mechanical, and sonic components of the game, as well as the game’s development process and the players’ experiences. The goal of our team is to develop a narrative-driven AR game that promotes collaborative problem-solving and engages players in an emergent physical and digital experience.


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