Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

No, It WON'T Be Bigger On The Inside

I think about the weirdest shit.

I would like to direct your attention to this little piece of video gaming history.  This is Galaxian 3 --

galaxian3

Galaxian 3 is a standard on-rails shooter, nothing special.  What makes it so special is the sheer scale of the thing.  The machine cost $150,000.  For that money, you got the booth theater you see above.  Projectors create the game view image on the far wall (two 120 inch screens) with a custom Bose sound system.  Six players can participate at once.

1287715923_Galaxian3inside

Everybody still with me so far?  That's good!

My previous post about Doctor Who got me to thinking.  Geeks are ALWAYS trying to outgeek each other.  One has a rare comic book?  The other has it in better condition.  Oh, you watch anime?  You watch it dubbed, I watch it subbed (or, if you're really hardcore, in the original Japanese without subtitles).  Oh, you an Atari 2600?  I have a Fairchild Channel F, the first cartridge based game system.  Yada yada yada....

Adding to geek cred is fan projects.  Making a fan film or some such thing.  And with programming tools so widely available, making a fan game of, say, Doctor Who is nothing (and would probably be better than the Nintendo Wii offering in Britain.  But I digress).

I am planning to build my own arcade game sometime, just to have one.  And I have a lot of different designs based on what I want.  Some are just oversized arcade games done with LED's and a few circuits.  Some use microcontrollers.  Some are full blown video games using a spare tower or two and my RAD kit.  In fact, I already have the cabinet built, I just need to select the game, create it, and install t.

I've long thought about a Doctor Who game.  I mean, that's not a surprise.  And then, I thought about C2E2 and Wizard World Chicago.  Both cons featured dealers with a full-size replica TARDIS that people could get their pictures taken coming out of.

And I thought, wouldn't it be awesome to build a TARDIS replica, and put the game INSIDE it, with a control console and you flying the TARDIS?

...and guess what data my mind is processing right now?  I better be able to go to sleep instead of working on that all fucking night.
Tags: art, computers, don't say i didn't warn you, don't try this at home, fandom wank, haven't we suffered enough, lord hear our prayer, nightmare fuel, technology is a beautiful thing, things that make you go hmm, this ought to be interesting, video games
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