Babycastles Helps Foster Indie Game Scene
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.