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Virtual Rush. A Masters Thesis By Jeff Feder. Overview of the Presentation. The need for a Virtual Rush What a Virtual Rush consists of Comparing two different 3D viewer/builder programs The Virtual house Future Uses of the Virtual house. The Need.

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Virtual Rush

A Masters Thesis

By Jeff Feder

overview of the presentation
Overview of the Presentation
  • The need for a Virtual Rush
  • What a Virtual Rush consists of
  • Comparing two different 3D viewer/builder programs
  • The Virtual house
  • Future Uses of the Virtual house
the need
The Need
  • Kappa Sigma has been on MSU’s campus since 1937.
  • One of 26 Fraternities on campus.
  • It’s a “small” house.
  • Losing numbers every year
past rushes
Past Rushes
  • Formal Rush
  • Designated week in the beginning of each semester.
  • Guests can go on tours, meet members, and ask questions.
a new way
A New Way
  • Extending Rush Week


  • Create an event that does not require physical attendance.
  • Create a 3D model of the Fraternity house, and hold a Virtual Rush.
existing technology
Existing Technology
  • 3D Virtual Reality websites
  • They look interesting
  • Have potential
3d state vs adobe atmosphere
3D State vs. Adobe Atmosphere
  • 3D State and Adobe Atmosphere are the two leading 3D viewer/builder packages available on the internet.


  • Monitored 5 students
  • “Talk out loud”
  • Small goals
experiment findings
3D State

Less Bugs

Easier to Maneuver

Limited in Capabilities

No Chat Function


Adobe Atmosphere

More Bugs

Harder to Maneuver

A lot of Options

Chat Function


Experiment Findings
pre production

Design Goals:

  • Accuracy
  • Appealing
  • Members
  • Visitors
building the house
Building the House
  • Taking Digital Pictures
  • Created from the top floor down
  • Every complicated scenario
    • Slanted ceiling
    • Wall cutouts
    • Doorways
    • Staircase
  • Insert the lighting
  • Atmosphere calculated the lighting for me
  • Advanced Textures
  • Import graphics
  • Paste textures onto walls and objects
Atmosphere objects

Hit Detection


Bigger file size

Calculated with the environment’s lighting

Viewpoint objects

Walk through

Can’t make changes

Small file size

Not calculated with the environment’s lighting

on the web
On the Web
  • Posted the virtual house on the web
  • Everyone has an avatar
  • Able to see everyone logged into Virtual Rush
  • Able to chat with everyone
the virtual rush
The Virtual Rush
  • 2 hour period during Fall 2003 semester
  • 4 active members at CAS building
  • 7 participants online
    • 4 active members
    • 3 Rush guests
  • Good Overall response
virtual rush findings
Virtual Rush Findings
  • Focus group
  • Everyone felt free to explore
  • Impressed with the virtual house and Virtual Rush idea
  • Believed it was real
future uses
Future Uses
  • Future Rush tool
  • Virtual Fraternity house
  • Active Members and Alumni
  • Visit and communicate when not physically possible
explore virtual rush
Explore Virtual Rush

Explore Virtual Rush

Thank you!