The Arcade 2.0, It's Coming!

The Arcade project is about the freedom to experiment, it's about not being afraid to fail, sharing ideas and skills, creating rather than consuming.

A very big thank you to NMIT and in particular the Arts and Media department for supporting this project and providing the venue for The Arcade this year. Without NMIT we wouldn't have been able to hold the Arcade project this year.

Game Over... for now.

Sadly it's *** Game Over ***  - Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way to making The Arcade such an enormous success.

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New games were created by John-Paul Pochin, Chris Mason, Vicki Smith, Klaasz Brukel and Colin Fleming with help from Chris Leyland and the dynamic duo Frog and Hazel Twissell. Other artworks by Megan Thomas, Chris Thornley, Anthony Genet, Nick Clark and John-Paul Pochin. Arcade machines on loan from Chris Mason, Roy Pointon, John-Paul Pochin and Stuart Knapman. Table arcade machine created by Chris Leyland. 1970-80s consoles and computers on loan from Chris Mason and John-Paul Pochin. Period furniture on loan from Ben Acheson and Paul Hargreeves. Opening night performance by Paul Hargreeves, Brendon Grant, Tim Wells, Klaasz Breukel of Neon with sound by JR Richardson.

Game Competition Shortlist

We've (finally) put together our shortlist of five games. It really has been a very tough decision getting it down to just five (there has been lots of emails and txt going back and forth). So here they are, our picks for the top games:

We've been really impressed by the skill, imagination and effort that's gone into creating all of the games. This competition was about having a go and hopefully learning new skills along the way, and of course having some fun. We've definitely had fun playing the games so thank you to everybody that entered.

We'll announce the winner and runner up on Friday. It's going to be a tough decision !

All the games entered into the competition can be viewed here. Feel free to have a play and if you enyoyed them, please let the coders know.

Special Opening this Evening

The prizes for the top game writers of our game competition are currently sitting here on the desk ! We have a Raspberry Pi 2 complete with 8GB NOOBS card for the top game writer and 4 runners up of Arduino Unos which we're confident they will put to good use.

We will have a special opening tonight at 6pm for those that have been involved in The Arcade project including those that submitted a game. If your game was featured on the Competition page of our website please feel free to come down this evening (with your family). We will present the prizes to the winners and also have have some fun on the machines (and possibly a LAN party later).

What an opening !

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped put together The Arcade project and of course for Neon for playing at the opening. Thanks also to all the 'early adopters' who bought tickets for the preview night - you have helped make it possible to put on this free event for the benefit of the Nelson community.

A big thank you also to The Arts Council for providing the opportunity to put this event on and for all the support they have provided (in particular Ann Braunsteiner).

The Arcade project is not a static exhibition; it will evolve throughout the next two weeks and projects will continue to develop. The exhibition will be on during normal opening Refinery hours this week (11-2 on Saturday, closed Sunday and 10-5 during the week) but keep an eye out on our page for special openings, workshops and other activities.

Also from Monday, a number of games produced by children in our region will be available to play via our website and at The Arcade so also look out for those.