This video was made as part of the final assignment in the course "Design for Interaction" at the Technical University of Denmark, fall semester of 2012.
The assignment was to develop an interactive game, preferably one that solves one or more problems. Our aim was to try and solve following problems appearing at metro stations:
- Waiting passengers in front of the doors, blocking for the passengers leaving the trains
- Waiting time can be boring and feel very long
- Passengers who does not know each other very rarely interact with each other, especially in Denmark
The game is specified to fit the Copenhagen Metro. Most of the video is recorded from our user test at Forum Station, December 11th 2012, where we put up the developed prototype in an actual metro station and ran a test for 4 hours with waiting passengers, who were puzzled and pleasantly surprised with the game and the option of playing it.
The core of the game can be described as “survival”. The contestants have to complete a given task as fast as possible to pass on the buck and thereby prevent their team from losing (“dying”). The game duration is namely pre-defined by external conditions, and when time is up, game is over, and the team who has the buck loses.
The game consists of two teams who takes turns in solving given tasks and thus relocating the impending threat of a hypothetically “just-about-to-burst-water-balloon” to the other team. The tasks consists of imitating a pattern shown by a number of tiles on the floor lighting up, and the team then has to step on the tiles as they are lit thus solving the task. When the task is complete the team is safe, for now the hypothetical water balloon is passed on and the other team has to fight time to complete their task. The game will get progressively difficult, as the teams are given and increasing number of tiles that has to be stepped on before the task is accepted as completed.
The development process can be seen on our tumblr-blog (also code, part list and instructions on how to build your own version of our interactive game): http://dxiatdtu.tumblr.com/
The video was edited by Mathias Møller Klausen.
Soundtrack: LCD Soundsystem - Dance yrself clean