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Presentation given at Dorkbot Milan during the Milan Furniture Fair 2009

Presentation given at Dorkbot Milan during the Milan Furniture Fair 2009


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  • Who cares?
  • This stereotype is often untrue--in how people play 1-4-player games, networked gaming like xbox live, more actively social video games like wii & rock band, mmos, facebook ‘games,’ etc. in may ays, mobile games are an extension of changes that are already happening/have already happened to how we use technology in games
  • Most games are not ‘designed’ or sold How do you become a comic artist? Make a comic, sell it to a friend for a quarter How do you become a game designer? Make a game, get your friends to play it
  • Hardware hacking as a playground for game mechanics
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    • 1. Mobile Games and Hardware Hacking Daniel Soltis Interaction Designer Tinker.it!
    • 2. Mobile Games
      • Activities and/or context outside of a clearly defined playing field
      • Often involve technology
    • 3. Some Examples
    • 4.  
    • 5.
        • Foreground the social
        • Always might be playing
        • Game tools other than boards, screens, controllers, etc.
      Mobile Games:
    • 6. Social many historical games stereotype of video games intention for mobile games
    • 7. Always Might be Playing
        • Asynchronous
        • Changing pool of players
        • Playing alongside non-players
    • 8. Interfaces !!
    • 9. Hacking Games
    • 10.  
    • 11. Playing with hardware can suggest different possibilities for game mechanics, or suggest new ways of using technology in conjunction with traditional game play.
    • 12. Some examples from Tinker.it!
    • 13. Playing with RFID
    • 14. Ideas, Implications, Directions
        • ‘ Touch in’ mechanic
        • Convenient random number generator
        • Easy way to track people through a system
        • New relationship to non-playful tool
        • Emotional response to action and result
        • Possibilities for gaming the system
    • 15. Thanks!
      • Daniel Soltis
      • [email_address]
      • come see us at
      • http://www.milanogreenartfestival.com/
      • galleria Venti Correnti
      • via Cesare Correnti 20