PUBLIC SPACE GAMES A GAMES CONSOLE SYSTEM THAT TURNS THE MOVEMENT OF THE BODY, DANCING, AIR GUITARING ETC. INTO A VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER. GAMERS CAN PERFORM AMAZING FEATS WITH THEIR HUMMING BIRD REFLEXES BUT BUTTON MASHING IS DULL TO WATCH.
Video game, as an interactive medium, has been designed for many different purposes such as education, entertainment, advertising to name a few. What makes a game compelling as an experience in order to satisfy different purposes is the basis of this project. The result is a public video game that isn't simply a fictional space where the players escape into but instead takes the advantage of the real world space with its architecture, transforming into video game playground. Basically, the project is a video game that is projected onto a building. The player controls are the movement the player's body in the space to shoot, air guitar, direct Pac-Man away from ghosts, etc.

The project utilizes outdoor projection, video games, cameras, computers, architecture, gloves, and motion capture depending on the game being played. You simply stand in front of a camera that is attached to a computer and the software reads your body movemets to play Guitar Hero against the side of the SFSU Library building (whenever it's no longer under construction anyway) or shoot down Aliens in Space Invader.

The issue is about the future of video games. There are many within the industry that think the physical limits imposed by the controller or the keyboard of a computer will put some people off. Finding an interface between the real and the video game world would allow us to do away with the controller or keyboard and could open up completely new and different games, games that could expand the current horizons of game technology.

There are many people who already play games in public, Dance Dance Revolution comes to mind first. The idea is a game that offers the chance to paint and play music and fight without the need for a controller, instead a kung-fu game could demand that the player actually performs all the moves. No worries about video games turning you into a couch potato.

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