What it is
The Cardboard Arcade is a suite of travelling arcade machines made out of cardboard. Inside is a computer, a monitor and a game.
TO PUT FREE TO PLAY MULTI-PLAYER ARCADE MACHINES IN PUBLIC PLACES ALL AROUND THE UK
TO ENCOURAGE NEW FRIENDSHIPS THROUGH MULTIPLAYER GAMING
TO INSPIRE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES TO SEE COMPUTER GAMES AS A CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC MEDIUM
TO HOLD AWESOME LOCAL MULTIPLAYER GAMING EVENTS / TENTS / POP UP ARCADES AROUND THE UK MIXED UP WITH PERFORMANCE AND COMEDY
TO CREATE AN ART & GAMING EXHIBITION ALONGSIDE THE ARCADE AND TOUR IT WITH OUR SHOW GAME
What the plan is
We believe if we put simple to play multi player games in public spaces people will play them with friends and strangers. We did an experiment recently and found this to be true. Our mission is in 2016 to get one in at least 5 cities around the UK. Once that proves to be a success we will send them everywhere. Making contact with local councils, businesses, train stations and airports. Throughout this we’re hoping to run video game tournaments and events (not e-sports) around the UK to introduce the arcade to different cities. Alongside this we’re also creating a game base that we will take to festivals for some late night gaming glory.
What they’re made from
The temporary pop-up arcade is built from cardboard but we’ve also designed a cabinet that can be laser cut into separate parts which slot together which will be built with stronger material. This makes them cheap and easy to assemble.
At the moment we’ve tested a few games out and found that Nidhogg, ClusterPuck99, Mount Your Friends and Samurai Gunn have gone down great for people of all abilities. Our only problem is we could really do with arcade versions of these with easy set ups. We hope we can raise money / build relationships with these studios to get simpler to start arcade builds of the game made but it’s just an idea at this stage.
How you can help
We need support from people in many forms; ideas on where to put them, contacts for those places, any sponsorship in the early testing stage, general well wishes to keep our energy up, any people to get involved with whatever skills you have (marketing, programmers, game makers, artists), help getting it out over the internet (usual social media stuff) and if we decide to go with a Kickstarter (though we’re not relying on this to make it happen) then a few quid or a share on social media.
Video games as art.
We’re planning on connecting with artists who we will commission to paint the cardboard arcade machines. Giving interpretations visually on the games themselves. We want artists who are gamers and non gamers alike for this in a range of different mediums. We will then have custom arcade machines for each specific game. Any artists interested in this get in touch!
Who is paying for this?
This is a passion project but it will cost money and the hope is it can sustain itself (we’v e invested in the current four machines ourselves). To do this we have a plan in place. A mix of public funding and private events that will pay for us to be there (festivals, corporate etc.). Our future plan is to open a base in the South West where we will have a permanent set up alongside our travelling stuff.
The project started as a side project to a comedy / circus show that is heavily inspired by gaming. You can check out more on the show here. The project producer is Michael Bell. It comes from a love of playing local multi player computer games. That feeling of a last minute green shell hit in Mario Kart or a perfect throw in Gang Beasts.
In October we will be putting them up for a whole week in Bristol Old Vic which is also alongside our show. Dates are 20th – 24th.
Throughout the winter we plan on putting some sessions on around the south west to test the games and the structure. We’ll keep updates on twitter and facebook for this.