A Breathtaking Journey

‘A Breathtaking Journey’ places the player in the shoes of a refugee who is fleeing from a war-torn country in his/her struggle to escape the increasing violence.


For more information you can read our Peer-Reviewed Article, presented at CHI PLAY 2016 in Austin (Texas, USA), and winner of an Honorable Award (best 5%):

ACM DL Author-ize serviceA Breathtaking Journey. On the Design of an Empathy-Arousing Mixed-Reality Game
Martijn J.L. Kors, Gabriele Ferri, Erik D. van der Spek, Cas Ketel, Ben A.M. Schouten
CHI PLAY '16 Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, 2016

Throughout the experience the player is subjected to a series of uncomfortable events, representing a glimpse of the stressful journey to reach a safe haven.  Through the physical recreation of a lorry, and by incorporating breath control and scent feedback, the player is bound for a full-embodied experience to see the refugee crisis through the senses of someone who left everything behind in search of a better future.

A virtual reality game (or augmented virtuality game to be more correct) developed to research the influence of multi-sensory experiences on presence, empathy and ultimately on attitude change. Throughout the experience the player can one-on-one touch the environment and its materials, feel the truck shaking and experience the tactility of falling objects, smell particular scents, and use their own breath to determine whether one will get caught or not.

Can you avoid detection?

Featured on: NTR De Kennis van Nu, NOS 8 o'clock News, NOS Airtime, RTL Z, Brigth TV and Radio EenVandaag

Presented at: Dutch VR Days, Brightday, Playground: Virtual Reality, De Culturele Zondag, Night of the Nerds, Festival De Beschaving and the Dutch Design Week

Cas Ketel


+31(0)6 8282 5858

Martijn Kors


+31(0)6 4241 2828