The Intersection of Affect and Meaning: Within Interactive Virtual Environments
In recent years, the interactive digital virtual environments found within video games have come to be understood as means of artistic expression. This exegesis establishes the nature of their design and reception as dynamic and indeterminate, in which the experience of the virtual environment is constantly being shaped and re-shaped by elements that exist in-between the designer, environment, and player. It is accompanied by a series of designed and freeform interactive virtual environments, which investigate how various levels of designer intent can intermingle with the memories, experiences, and values of the player to form a meaningful experience. Play-testing is used to illuminate how the meaning-making process occurs within interactive virtual environments, and an analysis of both player responses and the development process is used to speculate on the interaction between meaning and affect within interactive digital virtual environments.
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