Spooksville, a haunting and dimly lit basement environment, was originally designed by Andrew Hamilton, optimized developed by the UM3D Lab, and brought into the MIDEN as an experiment in immersive environments. The user in this environment can walk up rickety stairs, see the cobwebbed and otherwise grimey surfaces in a basement, and knock over old paint cans, sending them tumbling down the stairs in a life-like manner.
The real-time interaction creates the feeling of truly being immersed–try to knock cans on the virtual floor, forgetting where the physical floor is, and you might knock the controller (now taped and re-taped) or go too quickly up the stairs or step off the ledge and you might feel woozy. An earlier version featured localized spooky sounds right next to the leading viewer and floating apparitions just out of the corner of the user’s eyes. Enter at your own risk.