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London's King Cross Station Has A Playable Christmas Tree

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King’s Cross station in London is claiming to have the world’s first ‘playable’ Christmas tree. It’s based on an indie game called Line Wobbler that was created in London and celebrates the upcoming third London Games Festival, which takes place in four months running from 5th to 15th April 2018.

 

  • The tree is 6 meters high, 2 meters wide and on a base 2m x 3m
  • It consists of over 120 meters of coiled lights
  • That’s 7,200 LEDs
  • The game is an adaptation of Line Wobbler, designed by Robin Baumgarten
  • Line Wobbler is a one-dimensional custom hardware game with a wobble controller made out of a steel spring and a long LED strip display. The game is an award-winning experiment in minimalism in game design, use of novel input mechanics, and the incorporation of physical space into the game.
  • The game is a ‘dungeon crawler’ where the player navigates obstacles and fights enemies to reach the exit of a series of increasingly difficult levels. Movement is controlled by bending the Wobble controller forward and back, while enemies are attacked by flinging the spring. Obstacles such as lava fields, conveyor belts and slopes challenge the navigation skills of the player.
  • Line Wobbler has won numerous awards from festivals around the world in countries such as Germany, USA and Japan

Here’s a look at the original game.

Source: Press release

 

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