I still haven’t formally introduced my new project, so, here goes!
UNA BOMBA EN MIAMI: 1992
(“a bomb in miami, 1992”)
One of my favourite video games ever is keep talking and nobody explodes, which is a completely novel concept for a computer game: One person deactivates a bomb (on the computer) whilst a whole group of people give them instructions via the bomb defusal manual, which is made of paper. have a look. The experts can’t see the bomb, and the defuser can’t see the instructions.
For at least a year, I would think to myself “how great would it be to make a real (pretend) bomb and play this in real life?!”. But, I thought it would involve learning a whole new host of things: arduino, for example, or, just how electricity actually works. I didn’t even know where to start.
That’s when I remembered a gadget called a makey makey (have a look). I’d been dismissive initially, (how much fun can you really have with a piano made of bananas?) but there was one moment where my brain just clicked, and I thought: oh my god, I could actually do this * It was like being really hungry and suddenly remembering you have everything you need to make a tortilla de patata.
*nb it turns i can’t actually do it, or not yet anyway, but we’ll get to that later.
I realised just how little actual coding I’d have to do in order to make this work! All of the confusing bits happen in “real life”: you have to change switches, disconnect cables, open locked boxes, fix keyboards, enter numeric codes on a keypad…I could run it all from an android phone with a few external peripherals… so I got started
I went to a local second hand shop and got some amazing stuff… a samsonite lockable suitcase, an old slider viewer, a lockable cash tin…and started putting it all together.
the slide viewer (which i took apart to get a lense to make a kind of retro screen)
the cardboard prototype of the “controller” (currently being made by a carpinter!)
I am actually going to cover the wooden prototype in this horrible wooden patterened stick-on plastic:
(that’s the kind of look I’m going for, image is from google)
Well, I decided i wanted this to be QUICK, and in the past the graphic design element has always taken me a long time. So I decided to go retro, which is always pretty fast.
and… that’s basically the only screen there is, some other elements appear, but the screen hardly does anything.
Oh, and here’s the noise the bomb is going to make when you open the suitcase.
I decided to make it as 1980’s as possible, from the name to the design, to make sure nobody could possibly take it seriously (it actually looks terrifying right now. Once I have the carpenter’s wood back I’ll take some photos of the final project).
Well, I gave the carpenter all the information he needed a week ago and he hasn’t even told me how much it’s going to cost yet, so I’m slightly worried he’s not going to do his part. But that’s not a big problem, I could easily make the box out of cardboard. The main problem (as many of you are already aware) is that android apps created in defold don’t accept input from USB devices connected via USB-OTG! I am not too worried, though, as I know @britzl is working hard on that, motivated by a mixture of reverse psychology and me threatening to burn all my stuff, like an angry teenager.