A game built as an arcade cabinet for the retro game fair in Sweden, Gothenburg 2018. Two players battle it out, each controlling a snake-like finger picking boogers, all built into a physical, interactive nose.

Prepped for GDL 2018

Tomorrow is GDL, a meetup for local game developers. I have signed up to showcase games and games I will show. I’m bringing the RAGE arcade gun along with the PickaBoog cabinet, both as is. They are by no means very polished pieces, but they are functional and I feel it will be super much fun if I can just manage to drag them there. I don’t really have a car to take them in, but I think it might work out with a bunch of large plastic bags and sheer grit.

Lots of Progress, but not much time left

Had a ton of things done today, mostly on the cabinet. Firstly I finally had the materials and design to make it look much more like a nose with minimum effort and a robust build. Secondly I found some great fans and hooked them up and finally I spray painted the nose parts. There is an event called GDL, game developers lounge coming up this week and I’d love to test and showcase PickaBoog. Then, next weekend, it’s showtime…. RSM, the retro game fair. Hype!

How do you even Nose?

So I have taken a few steps back regarding the nose look of the cabinet and realized that human snots look nothing like what I have been doing so far. So for this weekends build evening I did a bit more of body storming, trying different looks for the cabinet. I think I’m onto something now, but I realized first after having cut up most of the boxes I had stashed so far. I’ll have to hog some more boxes before I can continue on what seems to be the right track. Looking very promising though, and more cardboard box and less hacks with duct tape and hot glue and what not.

Unity and Arduino Hooked Up

I have done it before, but I did recall there were some issues. This time it went fairly smooth however. I’m talking, of course, about hooking up a micro controller of the popular Arduino type to a Unity 3D game running on a PC. Because this worked out so well I’m positive that the built in sneezing will become reality. I even picked out some fans, though I might have to do some digging in finding some fairly powerful ones. Fun, nevertheless.

PickaBoog is Shaping Up

Making a nose out of cardboard isn’t as easy as one (I) may have thought. I have done some somewhat thorough studies on low-ploy noses now and still can’t quite wrap my head around the perfect compromise between an easy-build banana box construction and what truly looks like a nose. I have been given all sorts of tips, “make it out of paper mache”, “make it out of plasti dip”, I even thought of making it out of plastic foam. In the end though, I feel that making it out of cardboard is a challenge worth sticking up for, other materials have already had their days of glory. : )

Starting to Look Like a Game

Tweaked the sprites of the fingers, the layout of the level and added some boogers. More importantly solved some really icky issues with collision detection and rotation of certain things. Works really well now and the code got a neat refactoring as well.

First Iterations of Nose Cabinet

I have a game on the way for the RSM 2018 (retrospelsm√§ssan or retro game fair) and I call it “PickaBoog”. So the jam theme is “traffic jam”, ideated from the fact that the fair will be in an old go cart hall/track and that there is a fair bit of trafficy things in many retro games. As one does I wanted to take a somewhat novel take on the theme and landed in many fingers picking the same nose causing a traffic jam in there. The cabinet will be a large nose for two competing players, each controlling their avatar, a finger, with a joystick hidden in their respective side’s nostril. Blends really well thematically and makes great use of the cabinet format if I may say so myself. : ) The game will be something of a competitive snake, though the fingers will be able to extend from and retract to a static point on the screen and you pick boogers and not apples. I have ideas for tactile feedback for when the nose is “irritated” and eventually “sneezes”, but one step at a time. This weekend I did a bit of body storming on the great material that cardboard boxes, specifically banana boxes, are and came up with something that looks vaguely like a nose. Progress, progress! : )