Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WANT: Wall-sized Touchscreen Star Wars Game!

So this is awesome. What exactly is it? It's a giant touch display where you can play an interactive Star Wars game like you're pretty much in a galaxy far, far away controlling your space armada with simple gestures. Check out the project's website. The YouTube page gives a good overview:
Developed at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) by MS graduate candidate Arthur Nishimoto, "Fleet Commander" explores how a real-time interactive strategy game that would typically rely on complex keyboard commands and mouse interactions be transferred into a multi-user, multi-touch environment.

Originally designed for use with TacTile, a 52-inch multi-touch LCD tabletop display, "Fleet Commander" game play has been ported to EVL's 20-foot wide multi-touch LCD wall, Cyber-Commons.
Very cool to see games reach this level of sophistication. Reminds me of the touch screen D&D project:

Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough from Surfacescapes on Vimeo.

Props to Boing Boing


  1. Seems like both of these reinforce the simplistic nature and de-emphasize the complex nature of the gameplay they are "improving".

    I can create a much more deep and complex game with a mouse/keyboard than I can with a touchscreen; same with my imagination vs the "everything is about battles" D&D table.

  2. Very cool in their ways, but I roll my own dice.