Making of Spektrum Arcade Controller
LED Strip Lights for Spektrum Arcade Controller

For the final project in my Expanded Design course at MICA, I worked on a team of three to build an arcade controller and game. I programmed and wired a microcontroller to act as a keyboard emulator to transfer signals from our digital sensors to control elements in the game. By making the micro controller a keyboard emulator I could program the game controls to work for a keyboard and arcade controller. We digitally fabricated a housing for the components using the software program Rhino and a laser-cutter. Visual and audio game assets were produced in illustrator and audacity, which I then programmed with Processing. Elements in the game utilize both a physics engine and artificial intelligence to move and react in the game world. For the exhibition, we projected the game play on a wall, designed a game poster and booklet, and documented the development process online. We incorporated multi-color led lights into the game controller to attract users and reflect the game’s colorful assets.

Spektrum Game Manual
Spektrum Game Poster
People playing Spektrum
Spektrum Game Play
Person playing Spektrum
Close up of person playing on Spektrum arcade game controller
Spektrum Game Play