Loud and clear: The VR game without visuals

Berend Baas, Dennis van Peer, Jan Gerling, Matthias Tavasszy, Nathan Buskulic, Nestor Z. Salamon, J. Timothy Balint, Rafael Bidarra

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While visual impairment is relatively common, most sighted people have no idea of what it is like to live without one of the most heavily utilised senses. We developed the game Loud and Clear in order to have them experience the difficulties of being visually impaired, as well as to put in evidence the abilities blind people have developed, which sighted people mostly lack. In this game without visuals, the player has to rely solely on audio to complete objectives within the game. The game consists of a number of puzzle rooms the player has to solve. These puzzles illustrate the challenges of being blind in a playful setting, and challenge the player to use different auditory skills that are key to achieving objectives without vision, such as sound localisation, sound recognition and spatial orientation. The game uses audio spatialisation techniques to give the player a realistic and immersive auditive experience. Preliminary tests of this game show that players acknowledge the initial high difficulty of ‘living’ as a blind person, to which eventually they were able to somehow adapt. In addition, players reported feeling both immersed and educated by the experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames and Learning Alliance
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, GALA 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAntonios Liapis, Georgios N. Yannakakis, Manuel Gentile, Manuel Ninaus
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-34350-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-34349-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event8th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2019 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 27 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2019


  • Audio game
  • Blindness awareness
  • Virtual reality

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