Artistic Techniques to Influence Navigational Behavior in 3D-Games

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation

Author: Erik Wadstein; [2013]

Keywords: Navigation; 3D-games; Environment-Design;

Abstract: Todays video games use diff erent aids to help players navigate and proceed in a 3D-environment. It is common that players are assigned an objective to complete and have to navigate from point A to point B, often with the help from navigational aids. This study contains an experiment where test-players had to navigate through a set of 3D-environments to complete an objective, without navigational aids. Instead the author used artistic techniques (geometry, lighting and texture) to see if they could aff ect test-players decisions in how to proceed. Results where compared to predictions in how test-players where believed to proceed. The results from the experiment states that some artistic techniques can aff ect test-players decisions in how to proceed.

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