Master Theses

Ethics respectively morality is, consciously or unconsciously, a constant companion of human beings and a present factor in all of our lives. Moral issues subliminally influence our everyday actions and decisions, but are inadequately represented in video games.This work shows how morality can function as an instrument of game design and what principles and aspects have to be taken into consideration. To classify the different types of moral systems in video games and to show their different possibilities and peculiarities, a new framework is postulated and its suitability is ensured by an exemplary video game implementation. This video game is available online as "the fall of man".  

Augmented reality games hold great potential for the gaming industry. Nevertheless, some technological obstacles have to be overcome before a convincing blend between reality and virtual content can be achieved. As recognizing objects reliably in real time is an important aspect, robust skin detection is an essential step. Unfortunately, skin and similar appearing materials like hair are difficult to differentiate. This thesis compares classifiers and combinations of classifiers with respect to their ability to recognize skin regions in images. Three colorbased classifiers are trained, tested and evaluated by their true positive to false positive rates. To check whether their detection performance improves, they are combined, in group as well as individually, with a texture-based classifier and re-evaluated. The classification methods include Bayes classifier, Support Vector Machine and Multilayer Perceptron. Four different color spaces provide color information, while four selected Haralick features quantify texture. Training sets are generated from a benchmark developed within the underlying research project. The experiments show that using the texture-based classifier improves the detection performance significantly since the false positive rate is reduced considerably, for instance from 28.30% to 14.32% for a Support Vector Machine. The best result is achieved by a combination of classifiers using a majority voting system, with an average true positive to false positive rate of 88.75% to 8.79%.


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In the last years the games sector produced many innovative low-cost technology devices in order to increase the level of immersion and thereby improve the game experience. These devices are, however, more and more used in other areas such as healthcare or education. This master thesis presents the development of a rehabilitation system, which uses Microsoft’s low-cost motion capture sensor Kinect v2, for supervised rehabilitation at home. 

Therapy of injured people can take a long period of time. It is important to promote sustained motivation during long rehabilitation phases. A prototype was created that combines a playful approach with a proper gamification concept to ensure a constant high level of motivation for patients of all ages. It was designed to be used from patients as well as from therapists, as it uses a new method of verifying the correct execution of exercises with a two-step-procedure. In contrast to Kinect training systems on the market, this prototype considers the individuality of each patient, due to the fact that they have individual injuries and complaints. This rehabilitation system focuses on providing playful exercises with personalized feedback and an immersive game experience. In addition, an application framework was implemented in order to provide the possibility to add further exercises easily.

With the rise of smartphones the whole digital world is always in one's bag. In recent years app developers try to use real world data to revolutionize already existing gameplay concepts or even to spark interest for everyday's life activities by using motivating game mechanics.

This thesis will take a look at the different forms and terms of Mixed Reality and how they are defined in common literature. After that the different types of real world data available on modern smartphones and possible as well as already existing gameplay concepts are discussed.

Finally a qualitative analysis of some well-known Mixed Reality apps and games will be performed with the research goal of finding suitable mechanics for Mixed Reality apps in the field of travelling. The conclusions will then be used to create a new concept for such an app.

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Videogames are an expressive medium but still struggle for acceptance and are often perceived as a medium for children. Even though persuasive games is a relatively new field it already provides a very effective way of making learning based games persuasive. In order to create learning based games different models exist to support the game design process.

Moreover, to be able to raise security awareness it is very important for employees to participate in ongoing awareness trainings. These trainings need to rely on pre-defined information security policies (ISPs) which emerge as a key resource as employees are often the weakest link regarding information security.

This thesis provides a practical approach by means of creating a persuasive game which supports the process of information security awareness training.

Furthermore, results from an online survey highlight possible advantages of a game as an additional learning tool.

Real-time terrain rendering has many applications, ranging from cartography and landscape planning to flight simulators and computer games. These terrains are often backed with huge datasets that are too big to get rendered with a brute force approach in real-time. They may not even fit into a computer's main memory as a whole. Classic level of detail methods that simplify separate object's geometry are not applicable to terrains as single large continuous surfaces.

Geometry clipmaps are a technique that was first introduced in 2004 by Losasso and Hoppe, and it gives a solution to both the storage and the rendering efficiency problem. It renders the terrain as a set of nested rectangular grids of different resolutions, which are centered about the viewer. These differently detailed levels morph into each other in order to achieve spatial continuity. Furthermore, it uses an advanced lossy compression scheme in order to fit otherwise too large terrains into main memory. In 2005, Asirvatham and Hoppe further improved on that technique by intensively utilizing modern graphics hardware in order to achieve even better performance.

This thesis presents an implementation of geometry clipmaps that builds up on these previous implementations. However, instead of lossy compression, it reads data directly from disk into main memory as needed during runtime, as it was already done before for texture clipmaps.This way, an as accurate as possible representation of the data is achieved and terrains of any size may be rendered, as long as they fit into disk space. In addition to this, a ray casting method for the terrain was developed, which is assisted by the data structure for rendering that contains different levels of detail. Finally, this technique was implemented in the game engine Unity in order to benefit from its features and so it can be easily incorporated in other Unity applications.

It has been shown, that streaming the terrain data from disk is a viable alternative to lossy compression. The implementation is visually incorporated in Unity as it interacts with the dynamic lighting and shadowing of a scene that may also comprise other rendered content.