Don't Open That Door: designing gestural interactions for interactive narratives

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Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'13), ACM, New York, NY, pp.259-266


"Don't Open That Door" is a gesture-based interactive narrative project set in the universe of the TV show Supernatural. The project leverages expectations of the horror genre and fan knowledge of the show to elicit expressive interactions and provide satisfying dramatic responses within a seamless scenario in order to create dramatic agency for the interactor. We use verbal, audiovisual, reactive, and mimetic techniques to script the interactor. From our research, design process, and user observations, we gain insight in to designing for dramatic agency and managing user expectations in gesture-based interactive systems.

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