New street video games
New Zealand’s first giant outdoor arcade gaming system has new student-developed games to play, just in time for school holidays.
The Super Street Arcade in central Christchurch launched eight new student-developed games on Wednesday, which the public can play.
City students spent the school year developing the video games for the Gap Filler project, which originally opened on the corner of Tuam and High streets in December 2016.
A five-metre screen mounted on the Vodafone building will screen the free games.
They are played on an oversized joystick with two large pedal buttons on the other side of the road.
Inspired by the laser-kiwi New Zealand flag design, year 12 Papanui High School students Tom Enright and Joe Harvey, both 16, said their game, The Last Kiwi, was a labour of love.
‘‘It’s a theme of the kiwi fighting back against the extinction of itself,’’ Enright said.
The player navigates ’’the last kiwi’’ through the forest at night, avoiding attacks from its natural predators possums and cats.
‘‘There’s a lot of work that’s been done on this, so it’s good to see it come to fruition,’’ he said. Enright worked on the game development and said he ‘‘just stuck arms around what Joe [Harvey] made.’’
‘‘It’s great seeing my art on show,’’ Harvey said.
Experts helped teams of senior students from Burnside, Lincoln and Papanui high schools develop the games.
The Ministry of Education supported Gap Filler’s proposal.
‘‘What a cool experience for the students to take a concept and develop it,’’ said Gap Filler’s learning facilitator Sally Airey.
‘‘[They] created a game that they can see being played on the street by strangers.
‘‘Along with the credits they have earned towards NCEA, they have also created a fun experience for the people of Christchurch,’’ Gap Filler’s learning facilitator Sally Airey said.
The students tested their games on an online platform developed by Burnside High School student Ben Hollows,
‘‘What a cool experience for the students...’’
which allowed people to give the student game developers online feedback.
The Super Street Arcade, played nearly 125,000 times since it opened. It also has games including Attack of the Cones and Space Raiders.
Papanui High School students Tom Enright and Joe Harvey, both 16, with their Super Street Arcade game The Last Kiwi.