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Game Characters Controlled By Player's Emotions

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the play-angry dept.

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vrml (3027321) writes As the player feels inner anger rising, the in-game character gets angry too and starts shouting and smashing things. Then, the player relaxes and the game character calms down and smiles. This is the kind of game control supported by a system demonstrated in a video released today by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab of the University of Udine. The system detects player's emotional state by using physiological sensors to measure player's skin conductance, facial muscles activity and cardiac parameters. It has been used to build gamified relaxation training and stress inoculation training applications.

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Explains a lot (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 3 months ago | (#47225707)

No wonder Clippy just tried to kill me

Re:Explains a lot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225829)

"You look like you're suicidal. Would you like some assistance?"

Finally, Clippy can put its pointy ends to good use!

Just imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225717)

Being able to troll someone, ask "You mad?" and actually find out the answer.

Re:Just imagine (1)

narcc (412956) | about 3 months ago | (#47225811)

It's not exactly new. [wikipedia.org]

Hell, this has been around so long I'll bet there are kids who think it's classic.

I just want to zone out... (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about 3 months ago | (#47225723)

I can't speak for everyone, but when I videogame, I don't want to have to get all emotional every time. Sometimes I'd like to just zone out completely oblivious to everything, while drool spills out of my mouth.

Re:I just want to zone out... (1)

Imrik (148191) | about 3 months ago | (#47226395)

And on the off chance that I am particularly emotional, I would usually rather not share that with people.

Obligatory.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225745)

u mad bro?

Uh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225765)

So they're researching SOEmote?

With a semi-decent webcam and without slouching, so their character doesn't look like it's wailing all the time?

no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225797)

It's called role-playing. If I wanted to play as myself, I'd go outside and talk to real people as the real me. We all know that ain't happening.

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225805)

Man introducing Tony Awards: [on TV] Live, from Broadway, it's the Tony Awards, with your hosts Tyne Daly and Hal Linden!
Bart Simpson: [with difficulty] Homer... change channel.
Homer Simpson: Can't! Frozen!
[music on TV: "One chorus line of people...?]
Homer Simpson: [family screams]
Homer Simpson: Urge to kill... rising...

Fun for FPS! (2)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 3 months ago | (#47225807)

The angrier you get, the lousier your aim gets and the easier you get fatigued. Would sure cut down a lot of the griefing.

Re:Fun for FPS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47225867)

For any manual-aiming FPS, your aim already suffers when you play angry. Though this would be a great undocumented feature for the aimbot-using fuckers. Fuck those guys! They make me want to TYPE ANGRY!!1!!!1!

Re:Fun for FPS! (1)

kaladorn (514293) | about 2 months ago | (#47227341)

I was hoping for the technology that would give them a short, sharp jolt of electricity to the testicles.

Play nice or play sore, your call, griefer punks!

Re:Fun for FPS! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47228689)

I'm a woman you insensitive clod!

Re:Fun for FPS! (1)

RobSwider (669148) | about 2 months ago | (#47229079)

Except that griefers don't get angry. Gamers like me get angry because we spend what little free-time we have trying to play a relaxing game of shoot-aliens-in-the-face, but some 14-year old learned to walk through walls and have unlimited grenade launcher ammo. If my character was controlled by my emotions, he/she would probably just sit in the middle of the floor and cry uncontrollably before pulling the pin. I play games to NOT be that person. This is a bad idea.

Re:Fun for FPS! (1)

Talderas (1212466) | about 2 months ago | (#47229963)

Well it sure beats getting captured and being used to incubated their young.

Hope and Change ? (-1, Offtopic)

Crashmarik (635988) | about 3 months ago | (#47225827)

Not that his opposition was any better, but seriously people were acting like he was the second coming, who knew it was the second coming of Richard Nixon.

Re:Hope and Change ? (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | about 3 months ago | (#47225835)

ooops wrong topic.

Re:Hope and Change ? (2)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about 3 months ago | (#47226009)

You seem angry.

Re:Hope and Change ? (1)

zaxus (105404) | about 2 months ago | (#47229735)

(Oblig) You mad bro?

Sorry, had to be done.

perfect for creating a new breed of sociopath ... (1)

tsprig (167046) | about 3 months ago | (#47225831)

I'm sure we will use this technology wisely.

Somebody Please compose a list (1)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 3 months ago | (#47225851)

This game must make you angry and frustrated in order to use the functionality.

Please list out a list of activities that this game has to achieve the anger?

Abbreviated list of anger inducing functionality. (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 months ago | (#47228061)

Random server kicks and reboots.
500ms ping times
overrun with cheats
sucks your credit card dry
clogs your email with spam
installs malware
rapes your sister.
encrypts your hard drive and swallows the key.

Reality=Fiction convergence (1)

camg188 (932324) | about 3 months ago | (#47225895)

Ever read Signal to Noise?

Bah... (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47225897)

My games will know when I'm angry the good old fashioned way -- by finding themselves smashed and/or thrown out a window.

Not at all synonymous. (1)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 3 months ago | (#47225999)

When I play, I'm not typically emotional over the game play, I get emotional over game bugs. Why in hell do I want my character ranting about in a safehouse because I can't access my account info? My emotions have not a thing to do with what my toon would be feeling if it were a person so this seems pretty worthless.

And yeah, I want a bunch of friggin' stickers all over my face. The video sort of reminded me of "World of World of Warcraft".

Re:Not at all synonymous. (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 months ago | (#47228163)

That's a good point. An avatar is not a reflection of yourself, it's an escape from yourself, The person controlling the avatar is playing the role of god in a different universe, which is why I think games like the sims were/are enormously popular. OTOH the type of feedback they are talking about has been shown to be useful in modifying "aberrant behaviour" in a clinical setting, such as anger/stress management, etc.

To summarise, adding this kind of equipment to a video game for entertainment is like adding flyscreens to a submarine for health reasons, they may "work" but that's hardly the point.

Gamer arrousal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47226141)

And just think of how much more "realistic" Red Light and certain areas in "Second Life" could become!!!

Re:Gamer arrousal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47226485)

You were perhaps joking, but I'm genuinely curious. We all know that there are certain individuals whose particular brand of porn is animated pixels, and they do indeed rely on virtual worlds to supply the stimulus necessary for a date with Rosie Palm. So... with this doohickey hooked up, how would the sensors interpret an orgasm, and how would that show on your avatar's face?

Re:Gamer arrousal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47232183)

Suddenly all those individuals harboring secret feelings towards arbitrary sexes, objects or other entities, conscious or otherwise, would face surprise outings in the game. It would be hilarious, informative and horrendous at the same time.
        Maybe the orgasm should be shown with a gentle, red glow just above and behind the genital area of the avatar to inform muscle contractions behind the keyboard. In no time somebody would crack the system and give everybody "glows" at will.

Gr8! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47226149)

Now Amazon knows when u mad bro!

We put ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 3 months ago | (#47226381)

... the code in codependent.

All I can think of is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47226383)

Seaman aplashing its way onto the Dreamcast.

so.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47226525)

Not a game for women.

Needs Moar Resolution (2)

bughunter (10093) | about 3 months ago | (#47226539)

There are more dimensions to emotions than just Relaxed vs. Angry. For it to be useful for something other than biofeedback this system will need to distinguish Relaxed from other states like Flow, Focused, or Bored and also distinguish Angry from Adrenaline Rushed, or Jubilant, or even Sexually Excited.

FTA, it sounds to me that this system would confuse many different emotions, so unless a player has a fetish for watching a cartoon avatar smash things, it will be just another footnote laboratory novelty.

EVE Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47227145)

Can't wait for this to come to EvE imagine the rivers of tears!

using physiological sensors? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 months ago | (#47227829)

The system detects player's emotional state by using physiological sensors to measure player's skin conductance, facial muscles activity and cardiac parameters.

You mean I’ve got to be wired into a polygraph machine? They can't tell by how hard I'm hammering on the joystick, and how loud I'm yelling into the mic?

Not emotions, just stress (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47227853)

It doesn't seem like it can actually detect your emotions, just your stress level. Sounds like a shitty game though that would probably end up perpetuating stress in many individuals.

Bureaucracy! (1)

sirlark (1676276) | about 2 months ago | (#47228107)

Does anyone remember that old game: "Bureaucracy"? The aim was too keep your blood pressure low enough not to have a stroke and die while dealing with everyday issues. Maybe a remake with this sort of controller is in order, then it could measure your real blood pressure.

Then, maybe, someone can use the measurements as evidence in a suit against... well basically every cable, internet, or phone company, building contractors, and government institution.

No thank you (1)

docwatson223 (986360) | about 2 months ago | (#47228615)

I think that's just creepy.

Rich! I will be rich! (1)

sinij (911942) | about 2 months ago | (#47229347)

I will code micro-transaction based game, where rage is tied to paying. This way suckers^H^H^H^H customers will be raging and paying and raging and paying. I will be rich!

I see 1 good use for this (0)

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Hulk Smash!!!!

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