Super Street Arcade
December 2016 – Current
Super Street Arcade is the world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system. Get active as you move the giant joystick and jump on the over-sized buttons to play one of the unique classic-style retro games.
With an oversized joystick situated at the intersection of Tuam and High Streets in the central city and a 5m-wide screen mounted on the Vodafone Building, Super Street Arcade takes gaming to a whole new level. You’ll need two or three people to work the controller, so make a new friend and have a go!
Dates: December 2016 – CURRENT
Time: Play any time, 24/7, FREE to play, 2-3 players required
Values: Innovation, Creativity, Experimentation, Collaboration
Location: Tuam and High Street intersection, Christchurch. Vodafone Building (exterior).
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The mainstay games have been Attack of the Cones by Cerebral Fix, and Space Raiders by Def Logic – both local Christchurch developers.
In Attack of the Cones you guide the hero of the game, Captain Jimmy Wheeler, on his fast bike and salvaged alien blaster on a mission through Christchurch to save us from the invasion of alien road cones. Featuring colourful Christchurch characters and well-known landmarks that are bound to make you smile. In the six months Attack of the Cones was active, it was played over 100,000 times!
Space Raiders is an homage to Space Invaders from the 1980s, with a distinctive Christchurch twist.
In between these mainstay games, we have run a Co[de] Create programme with local high school students who developed games for the Super Street Arcade system as part of their curriculum, with mentoring provided by developers Cerebral Fix. They gained real-world experience AND got to see their creation played by members of the public. How cool is that?
Gap Filler is interested in how we can make the city more playful and social. Gaming was highly social in the ‘80s with the popularity of arcades; now it has become more private, usually undertaken in homes alone, in small groups, or in virtual space with others around the world. Super Street Arcade is in public, a great spectator game, and requires two or more people to collaborate to play, making it social and fun. It also requires the players to get active; you will break a sweat in this game! And it is our hope that strangers will lend a hand to other strangers in order to play the game. In this way, the game is collaborative and participatory. Super Street Arcade is a double-spectacle: the video game is fun to watch and the people playing become a spectacle themselves.
This high quality Gap Filler project uses prime real estate in the central city on the side of a new building so is a bit of a shift for Gap Filler, signalling one way the organisation wishes to play a part in the longer term development of the city. We’re exploring all sorts of ways to embed fun and creative community-mindedness into the permanent city.
TV1 News: Video games created by Christchurch high school students are about to be released…
Super Street Arcade’s Space Raiders cartridge changeover June 2016
“Gap Filler hosts giant video game tournament ahead of new release” The Press, 7 May, 2017
Seven Sharp’s coverage of the launch of Super Street Arcade on 14 December, 2016.
Super Street Arcade Promotional Video (by Jono Smit)
Super Street Arcade Teaser Video
All of Super Street Arcade Teaser Videos
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