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The Effects of Mediation in a Storytelling Virtual Environment

Brown, Sarah L, Ilda M Ladeira, Cara B Winterbottom and EH Blake (2003) The Effects of Mediation in a Storytelling Virtual Environment. In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Virtual Storytelling, Toulouse, France.

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This paper presents a study that explores the use of mediation in virtual environments (VEs) used for cultural storytelling. A VE was created in which a traditional San story was told. Two forms of mediation were used: visual and audio. Four versions of the VE were implemented, differentiated by the types of mediation included. An experiment was conducted, during which measurements of presence, story involvement and enjoyment were taken. Audio mediation was found to have a positive effect on presence. Visual mediation was found to increase story involvement, which is valuable in conveying a narrative successfully. Both audio mediation and the interaction between the mediations increased enjoyment. Overall, the use of subtle mediations that appear natural in the VE setting was shown to be effective.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:virtual storytelling, mediation, presence, virtual environment
Subjects:J Computer Applications: J.5 ARTS AND HUMANITIES
ID Code:144
Deposited By:Winterbottom, Cara B
Deposited On:19 August 2004
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