Luís Valente

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Mobile phones are a widespread platform for ICT applications because they are highly pervasive in contemporary society. Hence, we can think of mobile gaming as a serious candidate to being a prominent form of entertainment in the near future. However, most games (for computers, console and mobile devices) make extensive use of the visual medium, which tends(More)
This article presents a new architecture to implement all game loop models for games and real-time applications that use the GPU as a mathematics and physics coprocessor, working in parallel processing mode with the CPU. The presented model applies automatic task distribution concepts. The architecture can apply a set of heuristics defined in Lua scripts in(More)
This article concerns the use of a graphics processor unit (GPU) as a math co-processor in real-time applications in special games and physics simulations. To validate this approach, we present a new game loop architecture that employs GPUs for general-purpose computations (GPGPUs). A critical issue here is the process distribution between the CPU and the(More)
Several fields in Computer Science use distributed computing to solve many intensive computational problems. Digital games use this approach mainly in multiplayer games, where a mainframe or cluster processes the majority of game logic. Single player games can also use distribute computing to process game logic and visu-alization algorithms, usually the(More)
This paper proposes the concept of " live-action virtual reality games " as a new genre of digital games based on an innovative combination of live-action, mixed-reality, context-awareness, and interaction paradigms that comprise tangible objects , context-aware input devices, and embedded/embodied interactions. Live-action virtual reality games are "(More)