With many stuck in their homes as cities around the world try to reduce transmission of COVID-19, people are turning to games as a way to communicate, create a sense of community in the virtual world, and stave off boredom.
They’re also finding ways to transition their favorite face-to-face tabletop games into online formats so that they can continue playing them.
Amelia Li is threading wires into bits of hardware scattered on a table. As she alternates between red, yellow, blue and green, the master's student of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University keeps the fixated attention of a seamstress. The experimental contraption will go into the wheelchair of Jennifer Phillips who sits next to her.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium, or the "Meeting of the Minds," (MoM) is a university-wide celebration of undergraduate research. More than 700 Carnegie Mellon University students, including several from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, presented their research on Wednesday, May 8, in the Cohon University Center.
Conducting research is a valuable experience for CMU undergraduates and advisors alike.
Thousands of the world’s top researchers, scientists, and designers are traveling to the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (also known as CHI) this weekend. The premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction will take place in Glasgow, UK from May 4-9, 2019.
Jessica Hammer, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, jointly appointed in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), has received the 2018 award for Teaching Innovation. All university award winners were recognized at the Celebration of Education awards ceremony and reception on Monday, April 30, 2018.
Team “Carnage Melon” had lofty goals for its first time participating in the Extra Life charity gaming marathon, but it unlocked the $5,000 badge with an hour to spare.
The group started fundraising only a week before the Extra Life “Gaming Weekend” of November 4 and 5, and they still achieved their goal of raising $5,000 for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Congratulations to the team on their final total of $5,295.
What does a gorilla, toppling towers and a postdoctoral fellow from Carnegie Mellon University have in common? They are all part of the mixed platform game, NoRilla, that teachers young students physics. Nesra Yannier, the postdoc and graduate of the HCII Ph.D. program, developed the game and ran demonstrations on April 13 for the department's Demo Day.
Like the fickle Goldilocks, game players are said to seek a game experience that is not too hard and not too easy, but just challenging enough. Or at least, that has been the general assumption. It is easy to imagine that a game can be too difficult for a user to enjoy. But can a game be too easy to enjoy? Researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute developed a study to test the benefits of difficulty levels in a game environment.
"Can games be too easy, or too boring?" they asked.