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Interactive floating windows: a new technique for stereoscopic video games
Author(s): Chris Zerebecki; Brodie Stanfield; Mina Tawadrous; Daniel Buckstein; Andrew Hogue; Bill Kapralos
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Paper Abstract

The film industry has a long history of creating compelling experiences in stereoscopic 3D. Recently, the video game as an artistic medium has matured into an effective way to tell engaging and immersive stories. Given the current push to bring stereoscopic 3D technology into the consumer market there is considerable interest to develop stereoscopic 3D video games. Game developers have largely ignored the need to design their games specifically for stereoscopic 3D and have thus relied on automatic conversion and driver technology. Game developers need to evaluate solutions used in other media, such as film, to correct perceptual problems such as window violations, and modify or create new solutions to work within an interactive framework. In this paper we extend the dynamic floating window technique into the interactive domain enabling the player to position a virtual window in space. Interactively changing the position, size, and the 3D rotation of the virtual window, objects can be made to 'break the mask' dramatically enhancing the stereoscopic effect. By demonstrating that solutions from the film industry can be extended into the interactive space, it is our hope that this initiates further discussion in the game development community to strengthen their story-telling mechanisms in stereoscopic 3D games.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8288, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIII, 82882L (5 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.906782
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Zerebecki, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Brodie Stanfield, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Mina Tawadrous, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Daniel Buckstein, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Andrew Hogue, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Bill Kapralos, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (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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