December 1st, 2011
We play most games within the confines of a teeny, tiny screen in a quiet, private setting. Not next year though. Next year we’ll ALL be playing games on the floor of an 19th century swimming pool with tons of people watching.
This month we’re partnering with 02L > Outside Standing Level to bring you the 5 Buttons Competition. Submit your game between now and January 31st, 11:59 PST to have the opportunity to have your game displayed at the Stattbad Gallery in beautiful Berlin, Germany.
Unlike previous competitions, however, there is a bit of a twist: games will run on 02L > Outside Standing Level’s Unita Zero platform, an audio/visual playground made up of 5 pressure pads hooked up to a projector and audio system.
To make things even more interesting finalists will be played during the Stattmedia Game Contest event on February 17, 2012, and the winner will be selected by popular vote of the attendees.
And you’re not just competing for bragging rights. The winners get cold, hard cash prizes:
First Place: 1200€
Second Place: 600€
Third Place: 200€
Your game should:
1) run on Windows 7 x64 (intel core-i7, NVidia GPU (260GTX+), 6GB RAM+)
2) use keys ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘5’ as primary or alternate controlling keys set (every interaction in the game, including navigating game’s states, must be handled by such keys).
3) run on a single fullscreen window (by default) maximum/optimal resolution 1280×800 (TBC)
4) never attempt to focus change to other windows
5) be self-contained in a single folder (dependency dlls should be found there)
6) be started by executing a single .exe file
Additional Considerations & Tips
1) Don’t use copyrighted materials. Enough said.
2) Keep it tasteful: if your game is too offensive it may be rejected.
3) Design your game with the controls in mind: requiring the player to quickly press ’1′ then ’5′ won’t work so well if they have to run, however having them press ’1′ then ’2′ might work just fine.
4) Audio, audio, audio: your game will be played in a cavernous setting with a powerful audio system in a club setting. There’s definitely some space to play around with sound.
If you cannot meet the technical requirements you can of course submit a game for the theme, but we will be unable to show it at Stattbad.
Good luck everyone!
About 02L > Outside Standing Level
02L > Outside Standing Level has worked on interactive installations since 2002, producing unique blends of art and technology. One of their projects, Unità Zero, composed by five massive sensor pads, has a great potential for driving experimental games with a strong physical interaction among players.
About the Stattbad Gallery
The Stattbad Gallery is a renovated exhibition space and was formerly a bad ass 19th century swimming pool designed by Ludwig Hoffmann. More pictures of it can be found HERE.