Breathwork Mechanics and Interactivity

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Ella Laine Roche

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Sep 17, 2021, 10:38:26 AMSep 17
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Hello all, I am doing currently researching for The Verse (formerly BardoVR) and looking for helpful resources / game mechanics / scientific and medical studies related to the use of breath and breathwork. Would love to connect with anyone who has links to resources or experience working with breath measurement and regulation in games! thanks


Gano Haine

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Sep 17, 2021, 11:50:56 AMSep 17
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Years ago, there was a highly experimental game that was driven, in part, by breath.  I think it sold with a pulse meter. It was a mystical setting and I believe the developer lived in Colorado.  Can anyone fill in what it was? I will ask an industry friend who I played it with if he remembers.  This is not obviously a recent ref (I mean at least 20 years ago) but is interesting historically.  You might want to contact Posit Science. They work more in the neuroscience area but could be a good resource. You can PM me if you want to know more.

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David Gagnon

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Sep 20, 2021, 10:29:44 AMSep 20
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See https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53393-x for one project and related study.

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Hello all, I am doing currently researching for The Verse (formerly BardoVR) and looking for helpful resources / game mechanics / scientific and medical studies related to the use of breath and breathwork. Would love to connect with anyone who has links to resources or experience working with breath measurement and regulation in games! thanks



Eric Zimmerman

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Sep 20, 2021, 10:29:51 AMSep 20
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Perhaps you are thinking of Leela, for the Kinect?
There was a mode where the game tracked your breathing.
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Fullerton, Tracy

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Sep 20, 2021, 12:12:56 PMSep 20
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I actually think you may be thinking of the Wild Divine. It came with its own biofeedback device. In a weird coincidence, I have a copy in my office … :)

Best,
Tracy

Staples, Cary

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Sep 20, 2021, 12:20:47 PMSep 20
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At the XR Brain Jam this summer, there were two "breath" based experiences.
  • Breath Garden
  • Breathsync
I think you can contact the teams via their Itch.io sites...

Good luck:
Metahumans Explore! Is Our Earth Thriving? marcdubeau. MURMUR NATION
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Mercedes Hesselroth

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Sep 20, 2021, 1:14:13 PMSep 20
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I was on the BreathSync team if anyone needs to get in touch with us!
~Mercedes Hesselroth

Zach Nicely

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Sep 20, 2021, 1:14:16 PMSep 20
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Hi!

The game Celeste incorporates the concept of breath in certain parts of the game. The main character is taught a technique to stave off panic attacks by imagining a feather floating, and focusing on keeping it afloat with deep breaths. It requires the player to move their joystick (depending on their setup) up and down at the pace of deep breathing patterns to keep the feather afloat:

Hope this is useful!
Zach

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Fullerton, Tracy

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Sep 20, 2021, 1:57:21 PMSep 20
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Just to add to the growing list: the “What I Lived For” module of Walden, a game EDU also has a breathing mechanic. Players are encouraged to stop and breath deeply along with Thoreau on a mindful walk around the pond. You can find the beta version here including curriculum: https://www.waldengame.com/info-what-i-lived-for 

If you’d like to play the beta, please reach out to uscgameinn...@gmail.com for a password.

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amyl...@gmail.com

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Sep 22, 2021, 10:28:18 AMSep 22
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I was also thinking about The Journey to Wild Divine because I have a copy in my lab :)


They seem to be specialized in this type of game development.

Good luck!

Amy

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College of Arts, Media & Design

Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Northeastern University

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