Fun With The Lights Off: Interactivity Without Graphics

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

The pictures are better on radio, they say, and the same is also true in interactive experiences: games, for example, are possible using sound that are more realistic and immersive than the most complex 3D polygon-fests. But we're not talking soundtrack: we're talking fundamental questions of user interface, augmented reality and game design in audio. We're focusing on the development of Papa Sangre, a game in sound without graphics, and the world's first real-time generative audio-only virtual world. On an iPhone.

Papa Sangre was commissioned by 4IP as a game in which blind people might be able to kick the ass of sighted people. Its development has been an adventure, pushing the capacity of the iPhone to the limit. It’s been an extraordinary challenge to imagine the design of a game and world where your existence is entirely through sound and where technological constraints become a mother of invention. You walk with your thumbs through a binaural sound environment, where you hear both the monster snoring to your left and the crunch of chicken bones and squeaky toys underfoot that may wake it up and bring death upon you. It’s a fundamentally different experience of gameplay, continually present-tense, totally immersive and therefore visceral – it feels like it’s you out there. The panel will discuss the process, the constraints, the vision and the philosophy behind a radical new genre of game and what this generally reveals for good game and experience design.

LEVEL: Advanced

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Adam Hoyle

Wearer of many hats, including Founder and Director of Do Tank Studios and Systems Architect, The Sancho Plan bio from Twitter

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Nick Ryan

composer, sound designer, artist bio from Twitter

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Tassos Stevens

Ex-psychologist, artist, wrangler. A co-director of @agencyofconey. Posts irregularly bio from Twitter

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Paul Bennun

CCO of Somethin' Else. Chair of Artangel. Rau, aber herzlich. bio from Twitter

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Margaret Robertson

Development Director at Hide&Seek, game designer and one-time Edge editor. Follow me at @ranarama, if you would like.

37 attendees

  • Joey deVilla
  • Adam Hoyle
  • Julian Burgess
  • Stephani Roberts
  • Paul Bennun
  • Bruce MacVarish
  • Bruno Alves Mendonça
  • Rodrigo Franco
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  • Niki Brown
  • Raphaëlle Heaf
  • Reuno
  • Rohan Gunatillake
  • Siu Rui Quek
  • Paul Solomon
  • tassosstevens
  • Tyson Evans

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

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