Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
While certain poorly maintained old cabinets in the dark corners of seaside arcades might give you pause before you lay hands on them, some machines are deliberately out to electrocute you. The latest example is a 2D beat ’em up from Ohio-based creative outfit Real Art. Unveiled at SXSW, the one-off machine sees digitised representations of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison go at it over electrical standards.
The War Of Currents offers a scant four stages and the titular pair of characters with which to do battle. Land enough hits and you’ll build up a charge of energy that can be released as a special move which zaps your onscreen opponent and causes massive damage, while also sending a small electrical charge to the hand of whoever’s grasping the machine’s other metal joystick. Naturally, as an incentive to avoid losing, it proves a little more effective than simple pride.
The striking yellow-and-black upright cabinet caters for the game’s simple mechanics with dual two-button and stick controls, and rejects the fashion for enormous screens creens for something a little more intimate. While the cabinet net is a bespoke build,uild, it’s now taken up permanent residencedence at Real Art’s partnerrtner project, Proto Buildbar, a combination of f maker space and café where people can build ld and print their creations, which h happens to be right next door r to Real Art.
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