Team All In is a group of high-risk high-reward graduate students working in collaboration with WMS Gaming, a Chicago based company working in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic and digital gaming entertainment and gaming machines for the casino industry. The goal of the project is to create a prototype of a persistent gaming system that in- cooperates player proximity and social gaming elements that can be used in casinos. The challenge is to come up with an idea that is unique, fun, and embraces the new technologies capable with mobile and tablet devices, but also is familiar enough to appeal to the typical casino-goer. The All In team is laying all its cards on the table to create what we hope will be the building blocks for the next generation of casino games.
Amalgamedia, together with the band
Anti-Flag, is creating a
one of a kind transmedia
experience. Transmedia is the next
wave of entertainment. It combines
multiple mediums of current digital
technology to tell an overall
story, creating an engaging
experience unlike any other.
Amalgamedia will create a web based interactive music video for Anti- Flag using Facebook, HTML5 and film. The experience will take you on a journey to see how your information posted on Facebook is really used. You will then get the chance to save your information and the end of the experience depends on how well you perform. Can you rescue your private information from the wrong hands?
During spring semester of 2013, our
Interactions is investigating how
games can be used for
social change. This semester we are
tasked with the
responsibility to deliver an
experience for our clients,
Games for Change based in New York,
to be presented at the
10th Games for Change festival held
in June. The team
needs to create an experience that
involve more than a hundred people
and keep them engaged
with an emphasis on a social
This project comes with its own set of mammoth challenges, one being keeping such a large audience engaged in the experience. We also need to consider a large variety of parameters like the venue for the festival, the expected demographic and a social change that would involve a large section of the audience while designing this game. Various team members also have the option of actually running the game live at the festival. We will be working with Emily Treat from Games for Change as our primary contact from client's end.
“Everyone can create music.”
Bravura is making this statement a reality. We are a team of programmers, artists, designers, musicians, and music lovers looking to share our passion for music with the world. To do this, we are working with our client and faculty advisor, Jiyoung Lee, to create a combined exploratory playground and musical tool on the iPad for people ages eight and up. Guests will be working within and manipulating musical structures in a unique environment previously unseen in the world of interactive musical games and software.
Our goal is not only to make people feel confident in their ability to make music, but also to plant seeds of interest for a lifelong musical journey.
The Telemedicine and Advanced
Technology Research Center (TATRC)
is a future forward US Army medical
R&D center. TATRC, a world leader
in medical simulation, neuro-
prosthetics and telemedicine,
to create exercise games that
people will actually use and want
to keep using.
This semester, CardioActive is the team that will help achieve this goal for TATRC, along with the help of their faculty adviser, Mike Christel, and Client Representative, Thomas B. Talbot, MD, MS. CardioActive is spending the semester both researching and developing "exer-games" with the goal of creating a game that is unique, fun, and rigorous.
Dark Clutches is a student pitch project developing the next evolution of tablet gaming. Our game combines aspects of classic 2D platformers and intuitive gesture controls to create highly cooperative multiplayer gameplay. A group of two or three players will band together to protect a dragon egg from ruin and reclamation.
Our goal is to bridge the gap between console and mobile games. We are doing this by blending local multiplayer and dedicated play sessions with the intuitive interfaces of touch devices. While our primary platform is the iPad, we are taking advantage of an increasingly interconnected world and providing cross platform play between an iPad and a home computer.
Our final deliverable will be a short playable demo to showcase our experimental gameplay.
dotdotdot is developing an
interactive experience designed to
encourage kids to
Children and their families will be able to create their own stories in a fun, playful environment while learning to organize their thoughts and tell their stories in a linear fashion. By allowing children to play within a classical story structure and create their own personalized story, we hope to create a sense of accomplishment and an appreciation for the written word.
The installation will be housed in the San Antonio Children’s Museums new Imagination Studio (Opening 2015) as well as several branches of the San Antonio Public Library.
Every space has a story to tell.
Our project is exploring this notion by prototyping and fabricating a series of interactive art installations. Although the structure of a space may remain unchanged, the experiences that take place in it are constantly in flux. Every space has a history of which we are too often completely unaware, and our project seeks to tell those stories, connect people across time, and help them realize themselves as part of a larger social context.
The first half of the semester will consist of designing and prototyping several ambient and tactile interactive experiences. The second half of the semester will be spent expanding a selection of the prototypes, fabricating them into full-scale installations, and polishing them for final installation in the Entertainment Technology Center building.
Our team brings together architecture, electrical engineering, industrial design, and psychology to create physical experiences that explore new areas of entertainment technology.
GASx3 stands for Gas! Gas! Gas!
which is the way soldiers spread
out immediate awareness about
GASx3 is working with TATRC to create a real time strategy game that simulates the field training course for chemical medics. We want the soldiers to gain indirect experience and perform better in the real battlefield to save many lives.
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in
a culturally unfamiliar situation?
We are here to help you.
We are HEXAD, a project team for Spring 2013 at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). In cooperation with Sarah J. Mahler from Florida International University, we are creating a virtual experience in which people enter feeling discomfort about a situation they must face, and exit feeling less discomfort or, ideally, fully comfortable.
iAchieve is a team of passionate
and dedicated individuals based at
Carnegie Mellon University
Entertainment Technology Center’s
Silicon Valley campus. The team is
working with the Institute of Play
and Electronic Arts on an
assessment tool that will make
educational data beautiful,
engaging, and useful for middle
school students. We also plan to
partner with other organizations
and enhance our project through
these partnerships. With this tool,
we can help shorten feedback loops
and students can use it to assess
their progress and even share with
their families, friends, and peers.
iAchieve is determined to bring about change in learning and assessment by bridging the gap between the functional and aesthetic in the educational space.
Impact! is a project working
towards inspiring young minds to
pursue science and engineering as a
career. Initiated by DARPA, this is
a multi-year project working in
conjunction with many different
institutions and organizations,
such as the Sesame Workshop and
Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer
Interaction Institute. The end-
product will be a series of multi-
platform games for Pre-K-3rd
graders that inspires interest and
teaches basic concepts in the field
This semester our team is working on four existing projects simultaneously: “Teeter Totter Go!”, “Rumble Blocks”, “Beanstalk” and “Sleepy Busy Party”. Our goal is to improve them all to the final release state. Specifically, one of our main goals is to transform “Teeter Totter Go!” into a game worthy of being hosted on PBSKids.org. We will be making our game fit into The Electric Company’s game, “Prankster Planet”, and make it more exciting for kids playing the game. Our goal is that as they play, the children will be able to learn the balance formula based on Robert Siegler’s paper, perform socio-emotional tasks and, what is equally important, have a lot of fun!
KiTES aims to reinvent ‘School education’ through immersive and interactive experiences designed for the cutting-edge SMALLab platform.
KiTES is made up of a team of like-minded and self-motivated ETC students who want to bring about a positive change in the society. Our goal is to design and develop ‘Transformational games’ that reinforces the curricular concepts in various subject areas. Our games would engage and educate students better than the traditional approaches of teaching.
Currently, we are designing the experiences for the cutting-edge SMALLab platform. SMALLab, (Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab) is an embodied learning environment with motion-capture technology that tracks students' 3D movements as they learn in immersive, interactive space.
In this dynamic and collaborative environment, students get to interact with the game as a group through touch, sight and sound. Thus the learning experience is made very much fun, effective and easy-to-grasp.
The Lazer Mouse team is working with MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to introduce the laser cutter to kids and families. In MAKESHOP, children are given real materials and tools to make physical their creative ideas. A team of skilled makers, artists and educators encourage and help visitors turn their vision into tangible objects. This exploratory environment is filled with sewing machines, electronic circuit blocks, stop motion tools, woodworking tools, and more. It all starts with a simple question, “What do you want to make today?”
This semester, we will add a laser cutter to the MAKESHOP toolbox. We'll be focusing on designing and implementing an interface that allows kids to design for that laser cutter. Finally, we will be documenting our experimentation and end-product, so that the teaching artists at the museum can help kids create what is in their imaginations.
Morality Play is the joint transmedia venture being undertaken by both a team at the Entertainment Technology Center and students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Philosophy Department. Interweaving a plethora of media, such as digital video, social media websites, and games, the project will produce a engaging experience designed to show people the facts about economic inequality in America. “What caused it?”, “What is fair?”, and “What can be done?” are all questions that will be touched upon from as many viewpoints as possible.
neuraltone is working with Dr. Lori
Holt of the Center for Neural Basis
of Cognition, a joint venture of
the University of Pittsburgh and
Carnegie Mellon University. Dr.
Holt is conducting research about
how the brain categorizes complex
audio patterns and how that process
relates to perceiving linguistic
sound categories. They have found
that a simple video game, developed
in-house, can be used to train
players to better recognize
different sound categories far
more effectively than traditional
explicit feedback-based training.
This semester we are creating a new game with which to conduct this training research. Our goals are to make a game that is highly engaging and fun, while retaining the effect of implicit sound categorization learning that occurred in the original game. It will also be highly customizable, allowing the researchers greater control over such elements as difficulty, timings, and art. Additionally, our game will output extensive, in-depth data about the play session for each research subject that plays it.
Osiris is working with the CMU
Hacking Team (PPP or Plaid
Parliament of Pwning) and their
Prof. David Brumley to design a
nation-wide high school competition
(picoCTF) to encourage computer
security and computer science
The goal of this project is to help design, implement, and run a compelling and authentic computer security game that will teach beginners the basics and challenge the experts as well.
In collaboration with EA's Office
of the Chief Creative Office, or
OCCO, the goal of Project Heidegger
is to develop a system that
identifies player types with the
purpose of making recommendations
to gamers accurately,
unobtrusively, and with a high
degree of personal specificity.
We're most interested in connecting
previously unlinked games,
franchises, and genres, and are
focusing on the co-op experience.
The games serving as the basis of
our research and experimentation
are Dead Space 3 and Army of Two:
The Devil's Cartel.
Our team will form a hypothesis about what kinds of players are attracted to co-op gameplay, work with a level designer from Visceral Games to build a custom Dead Space level to test our hypothesis and gather player metrics, conduct and analyze comparative playtests of our Dead Space level and a complementary Army of Two level, and construct a functioning Origin module which will visualize for users the data we've collected in the form of unique recommendations.
We believe that transparency is the element presently absent from recommendation systems, and Project Heidegger hopes to build a system that will not only share telemetry data with gamers and direct them toward experiences tailored to their play-styles, but also offer to them why we're making particular recommendations.
We hope to better inform players of their individual play-tastes and to advocate gaming as one collective adventure rather than a series of disparate and fragmented adventure- slivers
Stardust is working with Give Kids
The World, a nonprofit theme park
in Central Florida, where children
with life-threatening illnesses and
their families enjoy an all paid
The team is taking existing characters from the park to create a 3D animated short to be displayed at the park.
Team Edesia is working in cooperation with
Eat&Travel to provide a new and enhanced
Eat&Travel is aiming to provide diners with the opportunity to experience the world though their senses. With the help of a restaurant with an immersive environment the diners will be able to visit unique places, unlock tasting experiences and learn about the culture.
Our team is working on developing a unified solution that embraces the three different aspects of traveling. The Visiting, the Tasting the local cuisine and Learning about the culture of that location.
Power House is a project group in ETC Portugal campus. Our goal is to create an interactive exhibit for Museum Casa da Luz to provide both entertainment and educational value to the visitors and convey interesting concepts about the electricity power system on Madeira island.
The Voyage is a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh. It seeks to explore new ways for museum-goers to create connections between exhibits through mobile devices. The process of uncovering these connections will allow for an interactive journey to take place throughout the facility. The platform will share these discoveries amongst other guests, creating an experience that is dynamic and is able to present the museum in a new light each time one visits. By defying the notion of a museum as a static establishment and redefining it as a dynamic experience, it is our hope that we can infuse a new layer of interdisciplinary, experiential learning into the museums.
Watchtower is a team working with
Team Alice and FBI Cyber Crimes
Unit to create a game for high
school students that educate them
about the dangers of the cyber
world such as sexual harassment,
fraud and cyber-bullying.
Our main goal is to create and fun and engaging game that students enjoy, that will also enrich them about the issues they may face, as well as proper responses. We are also working closely with the Alice team to create a curriculum set for the classroom as well.