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Stereoscopic 3D video games and their effects on engagement
Author(s): Andrew Hogue; Bill Kapralos; Chris Zerebecki; Mina Tawadrous; Brodie Stanfield; Urszula Hogue
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Paper Abstract

With television manufacturers developing low-cost stereoscopic 3D displays, a large number of consumers will undoubtedly have access to 3D-capable televisions at home. The availability of 3D technology places the onus on content creators to develop interesting and engaging content. While the technology of stereoscopic displays and content generation are well understood, there are many questions yet to be answered surrounding its effects on the viewer. Effects of stereoscopic display on passive viewers for film are known, however video games are fundamentally different since the viewer/player is actively (rather than passively) engaged in the content. Questions of how stereoscopic viewing affects interaction mechanics have previously been studied in the context of player performance but very few have attempted to quantify the player experience to determine whether stereoscopic 3D has a positive or negative influence on their overall engagement. In this paper we present a preliminary study of the effects stereoscopic 3D have on player engagement in video games. Participants played a video game in two conditions, traditional 2D and stereoscopic 3D and their engagement was quantified using a previously validated self-reporting tool. The results suggest that S3D has a positive effect on immersion, presence, flow, and absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8288, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIII, 828816 (24 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.906762
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Andrew Hogue, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Bill Kapralos, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Chris Zerebecki, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Mina Tawadrous, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Brodie Stanfield, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Urszula Hogue, Durham Catholic District School Board (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8288:
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIII
Andrew J. Woods; Nicolas S. Holliman; Gregg E. Favalora, Editor(s)

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