Immerse yourself in mind-blowing gaming experiences when DomeLab - Australia’s first ultra-high resolution experimental full display dome – opens at RMIT in a major new exhibition.
DomeLab is a unique horizontally-suspended display system that makes the viewer – and gamer – part of the experience.
During Melbourne Knowledge Week (2-8 May), DomeLab Arcade will be open to the public and feature game experiences designed by researchers, students and recent graduates of RMIT’s Bachelor of Design (Games).
Associate Professor Stefan Greuter, director of the RMIT Centre for Game Design Research (CGDR), said the DomeLab Arcade would showcase a number of experiences specifically designed for its fulldome screen and engage players of all ages in a shared game.
“The DomeLab Arcade project seeks to understand the design challenges and opportunities for collocated multiplayer games on its ultra-high definition fulldome screen,” he said.
Filled with interactive real-time or pre-rendered content, DomeLab integrates technical and aesthetic innovations in computing power, graphics capabilities and content delivery.
The immersive, 6m-wide dome-based video projection environment has 4K resolution and is an astounding 4096 x 4096 pixels.
For context, standard cinema screens have just a quarter of the horizontal resolution and half of the vertical resolution.
As well as showcasing specially-designed game projects, DomeLab will help researchers to visually communicate complex concepts to the public.
“It provides a powerful platform for a range of disciplines that rely on the representation of multi-dimensional data for games, interactive media art, virtual heritage and digital archaeology, new museology and digital humanities, indigenous astronomy and storytelling,” Greuter said.
Part of the Design and Play exhibition at the RMIT Design Hub (29 April-14 May), DomeLab will support a wide range of performances, screenings and interactive works.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a masterclass covering the development of linear video and animation-based content as well as real-time content – including virtual art and digital games – for the unique fulldome system.
The Designing for DomeLab masterclass (2 May), will be led by Greuter with Adjunct Professor Sarah Kenderdine (UNSW) and Professor Paul Bourke (UNSW).
Story: Wendy Little, Gosia Kaszubska