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Future Realities Summit: Creating Positive Social Engagement: Case Study: 'The Under Presents'

Samantha Gorman  (Co-Founder, Tender Claws)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: VR/AR

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Yes

Creating worlds that encourage positive social connection is the promise of Future Realties. This talk walks through the design methodology of The Under Presents, a virtual reality immersive theater experience that combines multiplayer play with live actor moderation. Through design techniques and moderation methods borrowed from theater, The Under Presents provides a play space that encourages players to express themselves, share knowledge and resources, and collaborate with each other and the moderators to create performance. These engagement strategies provide a cohesive strategy to promote gratifying social interactions and to build and maintain community.


Attendees will explore strategies on how to facilitate social play through the design of a game's mechanics as well as moderation tactics to further encourage participation. The Under Presents provides a design framework that emphasizes the construction of community and player collaboration.

Intended Audience

This discussion seeks to give tools to any designer, writer, director, performer, or artist interested in promoting social interaction and community development through play. These strategies are especially useful for those working in immersive theater and multiplayer games.