The Gaudy Woods

A virtual walk in the forest
inside the game, colourful forest
CLient

Computerspielemuseum Berlin

Partner

Robert Frentzel

Project date

2012

Awards

Most Amazing Game Award Finalist 2013
German Game Award 2014, 3rd place

„The Gaudy Woods“ is a real-time VR game in stereo 3D with a unique kinetic interface made of recycled tires and raw steel. With full physical effort, the player dives deep into a walk through a psychedelic forest and also trains his sense of balance.

Game Design

Take a walk through a psychedelic landscape with peculiar residents who communicate in their very own way. Most of them sing in choirs, snore or trumpet your way. Their funny characters will join you on your journey through a slightly different nature. But you will have to train your body and balance in order to make it!
The VR interface made of recycled tires and a reliable steel construction lets you immerse yourself even more in the game, encourages playful activity and makes „The Gaudy Woods“ a highly interesting and wonderful gaming experience.

Interface

In contrast to conventional input devices such as keyboards or joysticks, the interface improves the immersive effect of the application on the one hand, and addresses the entire body and trains the sense of balance on the other. The construction of the interface consists of four recycled tires on which the user walks forward. The body’s leaning angle controls the direction and speed of the steering movement.
The translation of the inclination is done by an acceleration sensor, which is connected to the computer by a microcontroller. A standard optical mouse attached to the side of the tyres is used to read in the running movement.

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