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UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory www.uta.fi/hyper/gamelab/ Designing Sound for a Pervasive Mobile Game Inger Ekman, Jussi Lahti, Jani Nummela,

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1 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Designing Sound for a Pervasive Mobile Game Inger Ekman, Jussi Lahti, Jani Nummela, Petri Lankoski, Frans Mäyrä Game Research Lab University of Tampere

2 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Pervasive Mobile Games Mobile games – not just mobile game devices —Mobility part of gaming —> Location-aware game device Pervasive gaming —Playing in relation to physical world activities —> Game environment superimposed over physical world

3 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory The Songs of North Location-based multiplayer mobile game Players act as shamans in a mythological spirit world Playing requires moving around the spirit world, casting spells and communicating with spirits and other player-shamans Spellcasting by drumming a shaman drum

4 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Role of Sounds in the Songs of North Sound information facilitates playing by moving —Playing by listening - possible to monitor nearby game objects and events without looking at the device Alternative way of constructing engaging playing experiences —Game world aesthetics

5 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Sound Design Issues Technical restrictions (N- Gage/Series 60) —Memory, frequency response, available channels, sound control options, … Varying listening conditions —General relation of environment sound to game world sound Social playability Narration of sound —What is the narrative function of sound

6 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Play-tests 2 play-tests —Version1 (tested June 2004, 19 players) —> Design iteration —Version2 (tested May 2005, 16 players) Qualitative and quantitative data —Questionnaires —Group interviews —Game server log

7 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE, Hypermedia Laboratory Thank You! Questions? Petri Lankoski Inger Ekman


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