During Novemeber I had the chance to participate in No-Jam, a 2 weekend game incubator put on by Dames Making Games. If you are in Toronto, and interested in game making, you should check them out.
I ended up making a game about squids, mainly about pooping squids. Yes, I made a game with a poop mechanic. Basically, you’re a squid, and to stay alive you need to eat. But the more you eat, the more waste you leave behind, the sicker your eco-system becomes. So you have to balance eating and cleaning up after yourself. You also need to deal with some invasive squid species who just mess everything up.
I also decided to make a custom controller for this. Since the movement mechanic is a mimic of Asteroids, I figured a tilt / squeeze controller would be pretty fun.
I chose a MaKey-MaKey for my interface board. I have an Arduino, but in this case, I didn’t really need a lot of sensitivity in the controls, and the MaKey-MaKey is a good item for get up n’go prototyping.
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