“You Better Eat to Survive”: exploring cooperative eating in virtual reality games

Peter Arnold, Rohit Ashok Khot, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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“You Better Eat to Survive” is a two-player virtual reality game that involves eating real food to survive and ultimately escape from a virtual island. We sense eating actions of players by analyzing chewing sounds captured by a low-cost microphone attached to the players' cheek. Our interest in using cooperative eating as a way of interacting in virtual reality is driven by the possibilities of creating a cross-modal gameplay experience that benefits social interactions. A user study with 22 players showed that eating real food improved players' feeling of presence, challenged trust dependencies and made the survival aspect of the game feel more “real”. We use these insights to articulate three design themes that can guide designers in creating virtual reality games that incorporate cooperative eating. Ultimately, our work aims to guide design thinking towards using underexplored interaction methods in virtual reality games, thereby reiterating the post-digital design theme of TEI 2018.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
EditorsAudrey Girouard, Jakob Tholander
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355681
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 18 Mar 201821 Mar 2018
Conference number: 12th


ConferenceTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2018
Abbreviated titleTEI 2018
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  • Cooperative Eating
  • FoodCHI
  • Human-Food Interaction (HFI)
  • Multisensory Games
  • Virtual reality games

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