Game designer Peter Gyory spent his COVID-19 lockdown creating his very own games console out of cardboard.
The doctoral student at the University of Colorado, Boulder's ATLAS Institute has made his Tinycade, which allows anyone, anywhere to make a working arcade machine that can fit on a kitchen table or even a TV tray.
All you need is a smartphone, some cardboard, two small mirrors and bric-a-brac such as rubber bands and toothpicks. In other words: junk.
"I was really frustrated that I couldn't make games," said Gyory. "I realised I was surrounded by cardboard. I thought: 'How could I make a game out of that?"
Explaining the limitations he put on his project, Gyory added, "The restriction I gave myself was that if you couldn't go to the grocery store and buy it, I couldn't use it in Tinycade."
He then presented his team's invention in June at the Association for Computing Machinery's conference on Creativity & Cognition in Venice, Italy. Gyory and his colleagues still need to work through some kinks, but he invites interested gamers to connect to beta test the platform.
Currently, he's developing a series of initial games for Tinycade. They include Claw, a spin on the arcade classic game Space Invaders, and De Volta, a game that's like "playing golf with a spaceship" that he designed with Enric Llagostera at Concordia University in Canada.