Your commute home just got a whole lot more fun.
ArcadeNow is an interactive gaming system that allows anyone to play on their smartphone. All you have to do is navigate to arcadenow.ngrok.io on your mobile device and voilà! Your phone now becomes the game controller.
We built ArcadeNow as a social experiment to understand how nostalgia and gaming can bring joy to mundane daily tasks like walking by a display window. We want people to interact with the world right in front of them (and next to us).
Bridge Plays Pokémon is currently out of commission. Stay tuned for ArcadeNow’s next project!
We wanted a way to connect with the people that walk by everyday. It didn’t take long for us to mash up some new tech and retro gaming that would provide an engaging interaction.
− James Rich, Lead Developer
Using Technology to Build a Bridge, Not a Wall
ArcadeNow encourages people to step outside of their daily routine to experience a few minutes of joy by playing a retro game like Pokémon. By sharing this experience via our office windows, we get to see people enjoying our work. It’s like real-time User Experience research.
Real-Time Open Source Interaction Framework
Bridge Plays Pokémon utilizes Python, websockets, a python server, and an emulator that turns screen taps on a mobile web game controller into button presses that power your character as they travel through the world of Pokémon.
Here’s how it works:
We use Flask-SocketIO, a python library for websockets, to transfer the high-speed button presses into the system.
A python server hosts the game controller mobile site. When a user taps a controller button on their phone, the server sends a websocket event to the server.
xdotool for Linux allows python to pass these button-press events to Linux, which we use to simulate a key press.
The game emulator accepts key-presses and moves the player’s character around within the game.
How to Play
Navigate to arcadenow.ngrok.io
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ArcadeNow, a product of DevelopmentNow, was inspired by Twitch Plays Pokémon, and is not affiliated with Nintendo of America Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.