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Uploaded on Jul 7, 2016
Virtual reality is more and more popular nowadays. There are various games which are capable to play with hardware such as Oculus rift plus other motion tracking devices. However, these features are always an additional features in games, most games are still using keyboard, mouse or game controller to control characters in a game. This combination forms an inconsistence to the gaming experience when players are playing VR supported video game. While players are enjoying the visual experience from the VR glasses, they can only control their character with traditional control method and this cannot give player a full Virtual reality experience. As a result, this becomes a matter to some of the players who would like to experience virtual reality. There are several famous interactive movie games in the market, for example, ?Beyond two soul?, ?The walking dead? and ?Heavy rain?. These games all have an attracting story plot but the way that player interact with the game is only clicking on choices or items that they can find on the screen. When playing these kinds of games, users always have to watch a lot of cut scene. After that, they will need to control their character in third-person angle and try to talk to other character and find out useful items. It is very easy for gamers to tell whether the item is useful or not as they may have some buttons appeared when gamers move near them. Though this is a design features that allow gamer to play more easily, I find it lower the joy as I may not need to care about the conversion with other characters. On the other hand, there are various controller designed for VR gaming are coming, for example ?Control VR?, most of them require user to wear the controller on the body and there will be a lot of wire messing around players and they will need to set up a lot of equipment so that they will be able to play VR game. However, most of them require certain space for them to move. Regarding to Hong Kong housing situation, it may not be very attractive to some of the players. Furthermore, for most of the gamer, playing video game are just entertainment to them. Meanwhile, to enjoy full VR experience, players need to set up a lot of equipment to play. It can be a problem to some of the players as those equipment may not be easy to pack. We can find out that there are various VR controller are developing or existed in the market as they understand that traditional controller can never give the best virtual reality experience to the player. As a result, different kinds of controller will come out. However, as mentioned above, these controller may be a mess to some of the player and because of Hong Kong housing environment, it may not be that popular among household family. Furthermore, because of traditional controller, controls in interactive movie game can only be clicking items but not picking up them, flip them and look around. As mention, this lower the gaming experience of a game. As a result, it this kind of problem can be solved, it will attract more players to purchase this kind of game. Meanwhile, if the controller problem is solved, it can also attract players who may not willing to purchase another controller which require them a lot of time for set up. Because of the problem mentioned above, I would like to develop a demo which doesn?t rely on any keyboard, mouse or gamepad while playing. Instead I would like to make use of the oculus rift and Kinect so that while the player can get a virtual environment from the oculus, they can also react as if they are interacting inside the game with the help of Kinect. As this project is going to focus on ?interactive movie?. Which is a kind of game that allow player to enjoy the story line and they can control their character to make serval choice and it will affect the story. The reason that I would like to apply virtual reality on this genre of game is because this kind of game usually give a strong sense of substitution to the player. By apply virtual reality in this kind of game, it will let the player thinks that they are the character in the game which enhance the player experience greatly. Furthermore, as this genre of game require user to interact different objects to continue the story, these interaction is very useful when I apply Kinect as the game controller. Player can use different gesture to interact with the game object. For the Kinect in this project, it will be specify for detecting upper body gesture so that players can just sit down and enjoy VR gaming with some designed gestures.