Russell, Ben, Yuliy, and Tom are four friends who like making games, and they want YOU to like making games, too. They run a gaming collective called Arcane Kids Arcade out of a DIY music venue on their college campus, and in just one year the space has evolved into a hub for student and amateur game development. Beyond that, though, it's become a focal point for productive social interaction between creators and gamers; players and the people hoping to make them push Play. Russell describes the phenomenon quite aptly: "By allowing someone who is playing a game to see the person responsible for making it, it enables them to think about games as just not a product of code and pixels put together by some kind of robot, but as something that contains someone's ideas...allowing them to think about games a little bit deeper."
The resulting dialogue encourages experimentation through easy access to direct feedback — innovation at its finest. Several of their successfully produced games are available online, from brain-teasers like Nudo (completion time depending on how "your brain looks at stuff") to the most intriguingly titled Spikes Tend To Kill You, and they've hosted a wealth of gaming parties involving live music and interactive projections.
The Arcane Kids approach and sense of community sparked my interest, but their rewards held it. This may be particular to my precise generational moment, but I still affectionately remember carting around loads of floppy disks like some kind of appendage during my days serving as Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. However, I do not recall there having been any accompanying glitter, which is something I would have appreciated.
And everything about this is obviously appealing (personalized game, gin-fueled, bouts of insomnia, etc).
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We'll make and present a game based on a theme you provide. (made in one gin-fueled bout of insomnia, in traditional Arcane Kids style). Then we'll send it to you. Plus all previous prizes. *look at the faq for more info* Glitter on request!
It's downright cool to see something like this so deftly executed by a bunch of kids screwing around in their spare time, makes you wonder why us adults aren't a little better at it sometimes? Check out their project for more cool rewards (plus glitter).