When we play video games, we often play through characters in a story. We control the avatars, create a relationship with them and experience the game through them. But what happens when we dress up in costume? Can we start to play the role of the avatar? And what happens when we then embed technology into the costumes that allow us to navigate and play through the game experience through the costumes? Would it draw them into a more compelling, fully-realized world? Hotaru, the Lightning Bug Game through the use of costumes as game controllers explores these questions.
Development of Hotaru is supported by Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and by the NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab.
How do costumes embedded with sensors change the games we play with one another?
Kaho Abe is a NYC based Media Artist and Game Designer focused on improving social and personal experiences through the use of technology, fashion and games. She is the Artist in Residence at the Game Innovation Lab at NYU-Poly where she designs digital games that are played in the physical world, face to face. She builds the custom game controllers for her games, and more recently has been exploring the intersection between games and wearable technology through costumes as game controllers.