Designing AR Location-Based Games Enhancing Spatial Presence

Date: Saturday 2nd September

Time: 1:40pm

In this talk, I will present an exploration into the captivating realm of designing augmented reality (AR) multiplayer location-based games (LBGs) that enhance spatial presence. By leveraging the power of AR technology and characteristics of gameplay locations, these games offer players immersive experiences that blur the boundaries between the virtual and physical worlds. I will demonstrate innovative methods for connecting multiple players in real time, even if they are in different locations. As a game designer and researcher of location-based games in augmented reality, I will share three space-sharing game modes that can be used to create remote multiplayer games. Additionally, I will provide insight into my personal experience as a game designer and offer hands-on guidance on building unique game designs.

About the speaker

Yasas Sri Wickramasinghe is a Doctoral Student (Ph. D.) in Augmented Reality Game Design at the HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. With a passion for cutting-edge technology and immersive experiences, Yasas is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of augmented reality (AR) in Location-Based Games. Alongside his academic pursuits, Yasas is a recognized tech speaker, sharing his expertise and insights on AR game design at various conferences and industry events. Yasas’s research focuses on the design and development of multiplayer location-based AR games that seamlessly integrate with the real world. His work explores the fusion of virtual and physical spaces to create captivating and immersive gaming experiences. Through meticulous user studies and iterative design methodologies, Yasas aims to enhance spatial presence, foster social interaction, and provide players with unforgettable adventures in augmented reality. Yasas Sri Wickramasinghe’s multifaceted background as a doctoral student, tech speaker, and lead software engineer reflects his deep commitment to advancing the field of AR game design. With his expertise, creativity, and dedication, he is poised to shape the future of augmented reality gaming and inspire the next generation of immersive experiences.