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Video Games To Get Emotional! - 8/30/2004 5:47:54 PM   

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Penn State researchers have developed an automatic lighting system that can speed up the development of interactive stories and videogames, thereby enhancing players' experiences, by adding more tension and emotion to a scene.
Expressive Lighting Engine (ELE), is an intelligent system that allows game developers to use lighting to direct attention to particular objects or characters, create mood and provide visual depth. As well as automatically placing lights to illumine a scene, ELE also selects their positions, colors and angles.

"Lighting in game engines is static and restrictive, and it doesn't change with interaction. ELE draws on cinematic and theatric lighting design theory and enables game designers to fully use lighting's subtle but powerful effects," said Magy Seif El-Nasr, an assistant professor in the Penn State School of Information Sciences and Technology.

ELE also helps game designers, responds very quickly as compared to current lighting design, which is time-consuming, often requiring weeks of tweaking.

Because the system is dynamic, it can also be used to change the level of difficulty in a game. For instance, characters can be lit up to be obvious for beginners, whereas for more experienced players the lighting could include more shadows.

"ELE allows artists to control its behaviour at a high level or a low level. Additionally, ELE supplies artists with a language to write rules for specific lighting changes or set up," she added.

Source : ANI

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