Sunday, March 25, 2012

Abstract

People have become accustomed to being able to locate a sound's direction with the visual aid of eyesight. Blind people do not have the aid of visuals to guide them, they must rely on sound to guide them through everyday life. Because of this, Blind people have always had to cope with this disadvantage in life. Blind buzz introduces a radical new way to play a game where the players vision is taken away from them and blind people actually have a distinct advantage. The game requires the people be able to locate the position of each sound they hear, factoring in factors such as sound direction and distance. In order to compete with blind people, people must train their hearing to adapt to the visionless game world of blind buzz. Blind buzz isn't just about the player scoring as many points as they can by throwing a ball at different sound locations within a time limit, although that is the player's primary motivation while playing. Blind buzz is a game where people and blind people can play together and introducing a new sightless environment for the player to experience.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blind Buzz Video


Video guide to playing 'Blind Buzz.'

Remember to turn your sound on.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Experience Design Game Concept

Hey, this is an idea I had for what we could do for our project.

The Idea:
'Blind Buzz' is a single player radical game that has the player trying to correctly guess a sounds' location and position whilst blindfolded. The player is awarded points according to how closely and accurately they get to locating the sound. When the player hears a sound, the player throws a ball at the location that they heard the sound from. The goal is to try and land the ball in the correct position and distance the sound is from them.

Equipment/Materials required to build the game for demonstration:
1 x Blindfold
1 x Soft/Stress Ball
1 x Sound/Vibration emitting device

Let me know thoughts on the idea and what to go with this for our project, I think the most novel/interesting thing about the game will be getting the player try to judge the distance the sound is from them without eyesight. We can pitch the game as a game that is not only fun and challenging to play but also could be used to improve/train peoples hearing judgement and awareness to the sounds around them as the contribution it could make to society.

I have done quick sketches showing the game and should be able to upload/scan a couple of images which will hopefully be able to better show the game concept.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Awesome Design Blog Setup

Hey guys, please start posting all the ideas that you have for our game for experience design.