Local artists and designers hack electronic components to create a DIY style arcade in New York City.

Babycastles is an arcade where local artists and designers can exhibit their self-assembled video games. Organized by Silent Barn‘s (a NYC performance space) Kunal Gupta and other members, Babycastles is typically set up as a diversion for audience members at musical shows.

Equipped with soldering guns and screwdrivers, game designers tinker with 1-bit computing and primitive controller boards to fabricate a unique gaming experience. Some of these makeshift games are hacked in less than a few hours.  An underlying principle for the venue calls for avoiding using the online platform to preserve the socially-collective experience of arcade-style gaming.

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