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Gameplay footage, 2011-2012

Room Racers


Race up to four virtual cars around any household items you can find!

Create your own racing circuit by placing real, physical stuff on the floor. The real objects will form obstacles for the projected cars.

Change the track whenever you like!

You can add a start/finish line and some checkpoints to define the route.

When you're done racing, switch to combat mode and battle your friends!

Gameplay video (early prototype, 2010)

Room Racers uses four wireless game controllers, an infrared camera and a projector. It detects obstacles in real-time, so you can (literally) step in to stop your opponents.

Room Racers at Bright Magazine's 'Bright Day'
Winner of TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award 'Favourite Installation', 2012 Winner of Cinekid Jury Award 'Best New Media Project', 2011
Winner of Dutch Game Award 'Best Student Game', 2011 FUTURE IDEAS European Thesis Awards 2013 - Special Mention and 2nd in category
Nominated for 'Best Original Game Design', Dutch Game Awards 2011 Nominated for IndiePub Independent Propeller Awards @ SXSW, 2011
Enjoying Room Racers at Tweetakt Festival 2012 Photo: Bas de Meijer, www.basfotografie.com

Exhibited at:
KIKK Festival
Minnesota Children's Museum
Future Park
Museum of Design
Crystal Globe Expo
Hebei Provincial Museum
UK National Videogame Arcade
European Youth Film Festival
Perth International Arts Festival
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Lentos Kunstmuseum
TIFF Kids Festival
Mediamatic
Cinekid Festival
STRP Festival
and many other places.

 
Belgium - Namur
USA - St.Paul, Minnesota
Philippines - Metro Manila
Switzerland - Zurich
China - Shanghai Lingang
China - Shijiazhuang
United Kingdom - Nottingham
Belgium - Antwerp
Australia - Perth
Germany - Karlsruhe
Austria - Linz
Canada - Toronto
The Netherlands - Amsterdam
The Netherlands - Amsterdam
The Netherlands - Eindhoven
 

 
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Part of
the
permanent collection of
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
(Karlsruhe | since 2013)

(Draft) paper: (PDF)
Room Racers: Design and Evaluation of a Mixed Reality Game Prototype
Future Ideas European Thesis Competition: 2nd place 'Entertainment, Media &Gaming'
+ Special Mention

A Pecha Kucha presentation
about SMOKE PONG and Room Racers
An interview (in Dutch) with
gameplay footage (May 2011 version)
Room Racers at Museum of Design, Zurich Photo: Exhibition "Please Touch!" at Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich © ZHdK, www.museum-gestaltung.ch
Photo finish in The Hague
A crowd of people enjoying Room Racers in Perth, Australia
Room Racers at Mediamatic's Arcade Exhibition Photo: Mar-Ina Uhrig, www.mediamatic.net
Red player defining the route
Setting up the photo finish in The Hague Photo: Thomas Nondh Jansen, www.facebook.com|thomasnondhjansenfotografie
Another typical crowd in Perth
Racing after closing time in Perth, Australia
Yet another crowd in Perth
Room Racers at Bright Magazine's 'Bright Day'
Paper bridges at INDIGO Showcase, 2011
Room Racers at Cinekid Festival 2011
Room Racers at Lentos Kunstmuseum (Linz, Austria)
Room Racers idling: the AI cars battle each other
Top-down view of a living room racetrack
Red player defining the route across my living room floor
Room Racers at ZKM | Medienmuseum (Karlsruhe, Germany)
Enjoying Room Racers at Tweetakt Festival 2012 Photo: Bas de Meijer, www.basfotografie.com
The camera's view of the playing field
Room Racers instructions poster
Room Racers Setup - Top View (no mirror, no lens shift case)
Room Racers Setup - Perspective View (no mirror, no lens shift case)
Room Racers Setup - Perspective View (no mirror, no lens shift case)
Room Racers Setup - Top View (no mirror, no lens shift case)