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Published on Mar 27, 2014
Text Blaster: A Multi-Player Touchscreen Typing Game
Keith Vertanen, Justin Emge, Haythem Memmi, Per Ola Kristensson
Text Blaster is a multi-player shoot 'em up game based on players typing sentences on a mobile device's touchscreen keyboard. Players attempt to be the last player standing by using the speed, precision, and timing of their typing to annihilate competing players. Our game utilizes a sentence-based decoding approach in which users type an entire sentence before our auto-correction algorithm infers the most likely text. Text Blaster provides an engaging and competitive game for use in investigating performance and design aspects of touchscreen text entry interfaces.