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Hybrid Forms of Play

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Games that combine the best aspects of both physical and digital play can be challenging to design. But when they work, they lead to new and inspiring forms of play.

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Hybrid Forms of Play

  1. 1. CSU East Bay Game Jam, Winter 2016 Hybrid Forms of Play Josh Lee Floor Is Lava February 12, 2016
  2. 2. Hi! ❖ Josh Lee ❖ Game Designer: independent, consulting
  3. 3. Digital Games ❖ Hardcore console ❖ Mobile, educational
  4. 4. Physical Games ❖ Mime Boxing ❖ Stepball ❖ Come Out & Play
  5. 5. Digital-Physical Hybrid Games
  6. 6. Sifteo Cubes
  7. 7. Osmo
  8. 8. Wii
  9. 9. Forms of Play ❖ Physical ❖ Digital ❖ Hybrid
  10. 10. Physical ❖ Haptic feedback ❖ External cognition ❖ Not just brains with fingers
  11. 11. Digital ❖ Rich audio-visual experience ❖ Dynamic, adaptive ❖ Artificial Intelligence ❖ Online Communities
  12. 12. Hybrids! ❖ Best of both worlds? ❖ Or mutant Frankenstein games?
  13. 13. Designing for Humans ❖ Design for the Body ❖ Design for the Environment ❖ Design for Learning ❖ Design for Iteration
  14. 14. Design for the Body ❖ What is the player doing? ❖ Where are the player's hands, eyes? ❖ Are they getting tired?
  15. 15. Design for the Environment ❖ Where is the game being played? ❖ Is there an audience? What are they doing? ❖ Does the environment impact the game?
  16. 16. Design for Learning ❖ How long does it take for the player to learn the game? ❖ Does the game ramp in difficulty or complexity?
  17. 17. Design for Iteration ❖ Prototype quickly! ❖ Can you build it with paper & pencil? ❖ Can you playtest it without a computer?
  18. 18. Looking for Inspiration
  19. 19. State of the Art
  20. 20. Digital Board Games
  21. 21. Physical Video Games
  22. 22. State of the Old Art?
  23. 23. Maker Tools
  24. 24. Other Types of Play ❖ Street Games ❖ Room Escape Games ❖ Folk games
  25. 25. Other Arts ❖ Interactive music, theater, etc. ❖ Redefining the word “play”
  26. 26. Basic Activities ❖ Eating, walking, conversation, sleeping ❖ Playing!
  27. 27. CREATE NEW WAYS TO PLAY
  28. 28. Thanks! ❖ Josh Lee ❖ http://floor.is/lava ❖ josh@floor.is ❖ @joshleejosh

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