The Effects of Mediation in a Storytelling Virtual Environment

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

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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.

Item Type: Conference paper
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Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual storytelling, mediation, presence, virtual environment
Subjects: Applied computing > Arts and humanities
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Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:36

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