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Getting Physical with Tablet Multiplayer

Alistair Aitcheson  |  Independent Developer, Alistair Aitcheson Games

Location: Europasaal

Format: Lecture
Track: Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video

If you think that shared-screen multiplayer is a thing of the past, think again. Creative use of tablet technology - a large interactive canvas with room for multiple players - allows designers to invent new forms of shared play, which players are embracing. Indie developer Alistair Aitcheson takes an in-depth look at how shared-device multiplayer is being transformed on tablet. He explores the design opportunities of using players as physical obstacles, the play possibilities when the device is no longer the referee, and how games culture is once again embracing truly social face-to-face gaming.


Physical interaction builds bonds between friends and creates imaginative play possibilities using surrounding environment (examples: Chicanery, Fingle). Tablet provides a space where it's ok to 'cheat' or invade each other's space (examples: Greedy Bankers, Michael Brough's 'O') and smart design prevents it from descending into rough-housing (examples from Slamjet Stadium).

Intended Audience

No prerequisite knowledge is required for this talk. It is intended to inspire game designers who are looking for new and imaginative ways to expand their repertoire. It will also provide insight for those studying the changing games culture in the tablet age and organisers of public events looking for new opportunities.

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