Huge Breakout game takes up the side of a building, doesn't break real bricks
If you ever thought the video game Breakout could be harder, better, faster, or stronger… then you would have enjoyed what design firm We Come In Peace did recently at the Valencia Lumières et Images Festival in Spain in December 2012.
The group projected a Breakout-style game (called “Brick”) on the side of an apartment building, creating a gigantic play area. What’s more, the game sang words from one of three songs, "Be Bop a Lula" by Gene Vincent, "Harder Better Faster" by Daft Punk, and "Comic Strip" by Serge Gainsbourg, depending on which bricks players knocked out.
Best of all was the Kinect-equipped control scheme, which allowed enthusiastic (and hopefully healthy) people jumping around like crazy to make the on-screen/building paddle move left and right. It’s no small wonder that the players were looking a little fatigued after a couple rounds, but they were wearing big smiles.
The video on We Come In Peace’s site shows a pretty entertaining experience that not only served as an interesting intersection between gaming, music and architecture, but was visible for blocks around. We Come In Peace describes the idea as an “unprecedented participatory reclaiming of our urban space,” but I think there’s some merit in just enjoying the goofy, nerdy fun of it all.