YouTube user and PhD candidate torbensko has created free head-tracking tech for gaming on the PC platform. He’s currently offering his tech through a game he developed called FaceOff Paintball. That said, players can also try the tech out with Half-Life 2 levels, as shown off in the clip above.
All that’s required for players to take part in the study, should they choose to opt into data collection at the onset, is a download, Steam, a Source game and a standard webcam. No, it does not involve the Kinect; however, the technology present in this application would likely be welcome for Kinect gamers looking to get a more core experience from their hardware.
My favorite part come from the health and safety warning on FaceOff Paintball’s site.
Playing this game involves moving your head. We accept no responsibility for any injuries you may sustain whilst playing this game. We urge anyone with existing neck injuries to refrain from playing this game.
Leaning in and out of cover during combat is something that happens for some players naturally. Sure, your motion may not be as exaggerated as this game may require, but you’re likely already letting it occur as you get more and more immersed in the playing experience. That said, there’s not much that can replace a simply button press for some gamers. Just holding down the shift key, for instance, to lean out of cover may be more appealing than dipping up and down constantly.
But, hey, this is a study for a PhD program. Lend the guy a hand, submit to the data collection, play some games and look really goofy in front of whoever may be staring at you as you play games on your computer. You won’t regret it, that much is for certain.