An Investigation into Perception-Altering Lighting Concepts for Supporting Game Designers in Setting Certain Atmospheres Within a Videogame Environment

  • Hendrik Johannes NieuwdorpEmail author
  • Martin Beresford
  • Vassilis-Javed Khan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8850)


Lighting in video games is used to set moods and atmosphere, or can serve as a gameplay tool. This paper examines the effects lighting concepts can have on a virtual game environment on the players’ navigation within the game. Previously known lighting concepts were tested in a virtual environment to determine if they have a similar effect on the perception of the presented virtual space as they do in real life, as well as the effect they have on the navigational behavior of players. In a game-experiment with 50 male participants we show that the previously known lighting concepts apply to the virtual environment in a similar manner as they do in real life, although the effects on the navigational behavior of the participants remain inconclusive.


Virtual lighting Perception of atmosphere Game design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hendrik Johannes Nieuwdorp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin Beresford
    • 1
  • Vassilis-Javed Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.Academy for Digital EntertainmentNHTV University of Applied SciencesBredaThe Netherlands

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