Nga¯ruawa¯hia retro gaming inspiring
Old school games are making a comeback in Nga¯ruawa¯hia.
Youth group Embrace the Future is hosting the Nga¯ruawa¯hia Retro Gaming Olympics on November 19.
It is being supported by e-Pou which comes under technology focused charity OMGTech!
The charity’s aim is to work alongside youth to run events and experiences that educate and inspire communities to see how future technology could be part of its future.
And the e-Pou Project was established for digital enablement in Ma¯ori communities.
While the games are set to be a fun way of interacting with the youth, it’s about much more than that, e-Pou project leader Kawana Wallace said.
The idea was to inspire people to learn more about technology.
‘‘Some of the outcomes I’d like to see from this event is them saying ‘oh I want to learn how to make a game’ or learn robotics.
‘‘One of the reasons we are able to do this is through the support of our partners such as SparkNZ who have donated 150 laptops to OMGTech! to enable community events such as this on a large scale.
‘‘And propellerhead who have donated 27 laptops to be used in local tech hubs which are being established in community centres, maraes and libraries.’’
At the event, youth will compete in games such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders.
Wallace is the project leader but he gave the group an opportunity to help manage it.
Embrace the Future member Cory Newport said a lot of the town’s youth don’t have access to specific technology and games.
So this was one opportunity the group could help provide.
‘‘Gaming is a costly thing nowadays and it’s very hard to get video games because they are so expensive,’’ Newport said.
There will be 50 seats available on the day and it will be split into two sessions.
Held at the Nga¯ruawa¯hia Memorial Hall, from 9am-12pm there will be 7 to 12 year olds competing and from 1pm to 4pm will be 13 to 18-year olds.
Registration will be online and details will be posted on the E-Pou Facebook page.
Another project Wallace is leading is a rangers event at the Waahi Pa in Huntly on November 25 and 26. There, visitors can learn about robotics, game design and coding.