4.d. Real vs. Virtual games: ideas and techniques
Computer versions of real-life games, such as darts, pool, bowling &
roulette can be set up alongside the real thing, enabling people of all abilities
to compete on the same game. Take this system with you to social clubs, snooker
halls, pubs & casinos!
Snooker and Pool: You will need to find a game which allows you to
move the balls on the table freely (look for practice or trick shot options).
After the person using the real Snooker/Pool table has taken their shot, rearrange
the balls on the computer table to match the real table. The Playstation user
takes their shot (see 'aiming'), when the balls settle, rearrange the balls on
the real table to match those on the computer screen and carry on alternating
in this way.
Darts: It may be best to adapt the rules, e.g. closest to the bull,
round the clock to 5, 'Killer darts', etc. 'Jimmy White's Snooker' has a darts
board, but it isn't great for accessible gaming.
AIMING and SELECTING techniques:
In Snooker/Pool: Turn the interface off; Point out the hit-able balls,
slowly, one at a time; When the person responds, aim the shot up; Turn the interface
back on; Slowly and continuously move the aim around that angle until they take
their shot. This is essential as it means the player can pot or miss depending
on their skill and/or luck. Likewise in Darts, you might continuously adjust the
aim around a point (e.g. if aiming for 20, hover around 5, 20 and 1) until the
player hits their switch.
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