Dan Moore studied Media Design, Video Game Design, Experimental Game Design, and Virtual-Reality Design while pursuing his Master’s of Tangible Interaction Design At Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. His Master’s thesis was titled the Fundamental Design Principles of Virtual-Reality: Reinforcing Presence through the manipulation of Space, Distance, and Gaze. His thesis committee was Golan Levin, Paolo Pedercini, Larry Shea and chaired by Eddy Man Kim.
Much of Moore’s work is centered around the concept of post-Video non-Games. post-Video non-Games is concept and phrase coined by Moore to describe the virtual environments he was building with a game engine that lacked the risk reward feed-back loop from traditional video game design. They are exploration into built virtual environments where the player takes on a role, is given agency to explore the world with limited or zero consequences for their actions, yet has no clear objective.
Moore’s explorations into post-Video non-Games led him to produce his thesis work entitled Winnie the Poh 3: Tigger Warning, a multi-user virtual environment that explores the interplay between a player controlling an avatar in a Virtual Reality and a player controlling an agent-avatar hybrid via a game controller. Winnie the Poh 3: Tigger Warning is an illustration of Moore’s fundamental design principles of Virtual-Reality and contains examples of how a designer can manipulate space, distance, and gaze to reinforce or break the concept of user presence in a virtual environment. Moore’s thesis committee described Winnie the Poh 3: Tigger Warning as: an Artwork, a multilayered and dense metaphor on life, and a metaphor on the coming of age in the digital space.
WIDOWMAKER - 2016
Is an Experimental Music Video Game made in collaboration with the band HXXS.
THRILLER REDUX PART 2 - 2016
Thriller Redux Pt.2 was Moore’s first attempt at creating a real time music video. It is about the death of the music video. Some consider Thriller to be the best music video of all time. Moore considers Thriller to be Peek Music Video. It is a thirteen minute, forty three second music video produced to promote Michael Jackson’s album of the same name after the album slipped from the number one spot on the charts. The music video had a budget of five hundred thousand dollars. It was a ground breaking never to be reproduced event in music history.
In this piece, a group of Goofy characters performs the Thriller Dance while destroying a large model of a TV.