Having explored the idea of spatial gaming over the last 4 years, we are continually pushing the boundaries of gaming and art to transform physical space into playgrounds that can be experienced through new gaming techniques.
We believe that the creation of spatial games like Hermaton bring about an innovative merging of games and architectural design, in a way that is rarely seen in the games Industry. What makes Hermaton unique is the underlying significance on location specific playgrounds which encourage people to experience gaming in public spaces. The design inspiration for Hermaton aims to setup augmented landscapes that can be experienced in both physical and digital space. We cross boundaries of gaming and art, to infuse public space with new experiences and direction, which can radically alter our engagement with physical objects within the built environment.
Hermaton exhibited at Bosch Shine Arts festival in S’Hertogenbosh was a novel opportunity to showcase this idea over seven giant flowerpots which were covered with artwork that trigger different levels of the Hermaton game. The resultant experience lets us merge existing environment with digital interactions that change the way people interact and engage in public spaces.
Experiencing games outside of confines of the digital screen lets us integrate the playfulness of gaming as a form of public space intervention, which has the power to reinvigorate existing architecture. Hermaton has been a really successful example of how games can become an integral part of the built environment. Our involvement in this new era of augmented landscapes constantly challenges us to explore gaming from a new perspective. The idea of merging digital experiences with physical triggers allows us to create games as an extension to the existing environment around us.
We believe that games can become an embedded part of the physical landscape, and by creating imaginative playgrounds, via physical installations, we can push the boundaries of gaming and art into immersive experiences that transcend conventional gaming traditions.
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