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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

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University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that combine the advantages of sports with the benefits of networked computers, enabling players to compete from distant locations.

Using his "sports over a distance" system, Mueller developed prototype games using networked computers, videoconferencing cameras, and projectors for tennis, soccer, and boxing. He says his research stems from a desire to find better ways to build connections between people separated by large distances.

Most online video gamers communicate through headsets or text chat, but Mueller says digital cameras offer significant benefits other systems do not provide, including emotional communication and the ability to anticipate what other players might do next.

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