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Non-verbal communication is a great part of games, but they can require some localisation... Or, more importantly, it is important to make sure you use the right sort of imagery from the start.

Like the index finger to thumb symbol you use on the start of this post, in US and Europe as well as in scuba diving, this means "OK". In other parts of the world it might mean something else (a quick look sees Wikipedia ( ) state it can be used to mean asshole on the autobahns of Germany!).

Interfaces can also use non-verbal or non-written communication in a good way. For instance, Quantum Redshift has a loading "click", an unobtrusive loading noise that gently clicks as the level loads. Once loading is complete it stops. No need to look at the loading screen...

This also goes for the little beeps etc that occur as you move through an interface. How many times have you thought, "Did I actually click on that?" when a simple beep could have helped?

Ogham originally double as a sign language, so it could convey words silently if need be, maybe have a Blind Captain effect depending on context.

However, the most interesting form of social feedback is body langauge and facial tone. Dr. Isbister's new book does some justice to this component, and I'm very interested in integrating it into Fianna.

Neil: I wanted a picture of someone waving, but couldn't find it. That picture was, for the reasons you suggest, rather ill chosen. :)

Patrick: A silent language doesn't really qualify as 'non-verbal' in my book - it still has words. :) I'm really keen to develop a body language engine at some point in the future. It could seriously enhance conversations in a narrative game.

Don't some of the military tactical shooters have hand-signals? I don't play that kind of game myself but I think I heard someone mention that. Also, an article on another similar form of communication if you're interested: which links to an older article on the same subject.

The ocarina in The Legendof Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is also interesting, here using music to communicate. This is perhaps under used, but the moment when one reveals oneself to Epona on the basis of a particular tune is truly inspired.

Well at least you never heard about this french student project:

It's an adventure game where puzzle are solve by creating music... and i say creating, the gameplay never enforce some sequence of notes, rather it analyze the property of the music made to extract effect. A game about creation with music, sounds like a dream huh?

Thanks for the link, Neoshaman! A steampunk musical adventure... sounds fascinating! Anyone tried it?

send me please any activity i can use to introduce nonverbal communication for teachers not student i want activity that fit their level and surprised them please

Anon: I have nothing of this kind, I'm afraid, and also you didn't leave any contact details, so even if I did I couldn't fulfil your wishes! Hope you find what you are looking for!

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