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.
Wohoo! What a great event RSM 2018 was, although hot… I went to the venue early in the morning, bringing the last of the cabinets and other things with the help of my brother. The indie games, arcades and other interactive exhibitions had been moved to their own building, dedicating the main hall to just game and game merch plus concert hall. At some point I was afraid that people wouldn’t find their way over to out space, but my fears were soon gone. We had lots of visitors and while it was super hot I had brought a fan and we made sure to have beverages behind the stand to stay alive.
While PickaBoog may have proven to be a little hard to understand without a helping hand, I got a lot of positive energy from visitors and am more than happy to participate next year as well. The RAGE arcade gun stole the show a bit, but more on that in its own blog. : )
So it’s the day before the grand event, RSM the retro game fair. Finally, it’s time to put all that positive energy into celebrating games from all sorts of perspectives; as history, art form, technology, valuable items and other crazy words I can come up with. At any rate, I have used some of the feedback and testing from the GDL event earlier this week an have performed some upgrades to both hardware and software of PickaBoog. We have also helped each other out in the other creations that are going to the fair.
Sadly, we miscalculated the time a bit and were not able to bring all the things we wanted to the site this evening. Luckily, my brother is in town and will help me out in bringing the final pieces, early tomorrow. Everything is awesome, peace out. : )
I somehow managed to drag the entire PickaBoog rig to the local game dev community event GDL, Game developers’ lounge, carrying it and taking a ferry to the venue. While it was it was a bit awkward to brave a tight bar queue with three something huge plastic bags, it was well worth it. Super fun to see everyone and have people play my game. Also fun to have Valve sponsor me with two hotdogs and beers, cheers!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. : )