There is a curious sub-history of the use of playing cards in artistic production; it is one of the more interesting of the obscure subjects of art, but can also become the objet d’art itself (play as œuvre).
In 1958, the American physicist William Higinbotham created what is one of the first instances of what we would today call a modern “video game”. The game, named Tennis For Two, was built at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for their yearly open-house presentations of the lab’s activities. The game was built using an oscilloscope and a programmable analog computer, the Donner Model 30. It simulated a simple tennis match between two players, with a sideways perspective of the net and a ball bouncing back and forth, controlled by two player-manipulated inputs.
We are currently building a lot of game prototypes as part of our Ünterplay project at the Media Design department of the HEAD —Genève. A lot of these games require sprites of some sort. So here is a simple demo project showing how to integrate ofxSprite into a basic OpenFrameworks project for iOS. This same technique should also work fine on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, as the only other dependency is ofxAssets.
« Photo/Nykto » is an experimental game conceived by Annelore Schneider and Douglas Edric Stanley as part of the « Unterplay » project at the Master Media Design —HEAD, Genève. It is a game for nyktophobes and photophobes. It is played by switching on and off the lights in order to avoid reaching the edge of the screen. The score increases exponentially near the edges, and speeds up with each change from light to dark and back.
Installation: Traks Concept+Developement: Douglas Edric Stanley Platform: iPad Development platform: OpenFrameworks Exhibition: Gamerz 06 (site uses Flash) Dates: 3-16 December, 2010 Time: 14:00 – 19:00 Venue: Seconde Nature Location: 27 B Rue 11 Novembre, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France Traks is a… Continue Reading →
Update (22/11/2010). This exhibit has just been extended for another 6 months, due to it’s popularity. Exhibit: Museo Games Location: Musée des Arts et métiers, Paris Map: 60 Rue Réaumur 75003 Paris Curators: Pierre Giner, Stéphane Natkin, Loïc Petitgirard Scenography:… Continue Reading →