Super Street Arcade

December 2016 – Summer 2018

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!

Super Street Arcade has its own website with high score board. Check it out!

Dates: December 2016 – Summer 2018
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).

Games

The current game is Space Raiders, a homage to Space Invaders from the 1908’s. It’s been created by Brent Silby from Def Logic. Save the icons of Christchurch from an alien invasion!

More games to come including games made by Digitech students.

(To play our previous game ‘Attack of the Cones’ scroll down the page.)

Why?

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 brand 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.

The first video game featured the cityscape of Christchurch, and local landmarks and people. We thought locals would find it funny and special and enjoy seeing their city ‘gamified’ on a big screen.

Previous Game

The new distinctly Christchurch-flavoured game, Attack of the Cones, was created by internationally acclaimed local game developers Cerebral Fix. 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 monthsAttack of the Cones was active, it was played over 100,000 times!

ATTACK OF THE CONES PLAY HERE!!!

Click on the image below. Press [A] [S] at the same time to start and play away! Game play… [A] = Jump, [S] = Shoot, [ARROW KEYS] = Direction

Photo Gallery: Install


Photo Gallery: Space Raiders


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

Sponsors

Thanks

  • Christchurch City Council Urban Regeneration and Transport teams
  • Patrick at Studio D4
  • Calder Stewart
  • Maori Hill Property Ltd.
  • Dawsons Springs
  • Simon Bartholomew at Plain and Simple
  • Cebelio Plastics
  • Jasmax
  • Gavin Harriss at topomap.co.nz
  • Shaune Wylie
  • Molten Media
  • Jeff Berry
  • Robbie Baigent
  • Butler Automart
  • PSP Plastics
  • Fabriko
  • JD Smit Productions
  • Jamie at C. Lund & Son
  • Men at Work

Super Street Arcade Elsewhere

Seven Sharp

Seven Sharp: Christchurch outdoor space transformed with ‘a world first’ of a giant arcade game.

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand: Giant ping pong tables and human sized joysticks

Super Street Arcade on Facebook

Facebook – It’s time to take back the streets! Super Street Arcade is the world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system.

Super Street Arcade Website

Facebook – It’s time to take back the streets! Super Street Arcade is the world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system.