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BirdQuestVR: a cross-platform asymmetric communication game

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posted on 23.05.2021, 14:42 by Michael Smilovitch
BirdQuestVR is a cross-platform asymmetric communication game between one player in Virtual Reality and another on a mobile device. The game explores asymmetric co-operative gaming in a shared physical space, taking the physical surroundings of the VR user into account in its design. Asymmetric games feature different rules, abilities, or objectives for different players, generating unique and nuanced game experiences. Multiplayer asymmetric games in particular have been shown to increase teamwork and a collaborative mindset even after a play session has ended. Asymmetric design is commonplace in both digital and analog games but has yet to see widespread adoption in the emerging Virtual Reality (VR) gaming space. BirdQuestVR seeks to leverage the affordances of current consumer-grade VR headsets to build asymmetric gameplay around communication, embodied performance, and physical humour. Keywords: Asymmetric, Virtual Reality, Cross-Platform, Social Play, Avatar Embodiment

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eng

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Master of Digital Media

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Digital Media

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Ryerson University

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