So I figured I should post some concept art for the game. The left one is from when we came up with the idea during the global game jam 2017 and the right one is from later the same year. I wanted to go for some sort of parody of hard body, sci-fi, future form of hard life racing. Inspired by a hat belonging to a home made ostrich rider suit (one of those where your legs become the legs of a creature that’s part of the suit and fake legs hang from your hips) I saw as a kid.
So there is this event called Game Developer’s Lounge here in Gothenburg which is organized by various local actors in the industry. I attended one and brought the chairs today hoping to get at least some to try it out. The interest beat my expectations and I got the opportunity to record a lot of great footage. I have compiled it into a little video which can be seen here. : )
On another note, the event was held near were I have the chairs (well, my job has them really) so I transported them using an electric cargo bike. Sadly some of the chairs took a bit of a beating in the progress, but all in all it was at least… interesting. I was also under time pressure, because I was supposed to attend a family dinner, but I made it, yohoo! : )
As I have done for the last six something years, I attended the global game jam this January. In what’s gradually becoming a trend I also made a pretty weird and setup-heavy game. This time I had the honor of working together with my good friend Erik who is a game developer at the local amusement park, Liseberg. Together we re-purposed some IKEA office chairs into VR arcade game stations. My girlfriend also contributed with some awesome horse models. :)
The game submission can be found on the official GGJ site here: Enbarr mac Lir
I shot a video of the first race with external users. It was fun to see how they each took on their own unique style to riding the chair and also to see how the game barley held together. The victor (it was not super evident due to several bugs : P) won a golden (chocolate coin) that we bought on our beer and burger resupply earlier the same day.