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Firefly - a game controlled with a candle (YES, real candle)

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The idea of this game is to show that you can use quite a medieval tool to control a game, and one that you can get for 35636575 times cheaper than Weeemote. In this game you control a firefly that has lost it's ability to sparkle. You must guide it through multiple levels using a candle, to which the bug gets attracted to. Graphics have an old-shool pixelated feel to it with some fancy lighting effects. The game is being developed entirely on EEE PC 1000h, and currently on linux (because of a windows uvc ebcam driver that makes it too slow to use). But the the project started on windows and will be ported to windows as soon as i get another webcam. All these fancy controllers are useless now, candles (YES, real candles) are the future of gaming!!! Screenshot: http://www.gizycko.mm.pl/~stora_s/sos/shot.jpg Video:
Hope you like it :) PS how do you make urls clickable here? [Edited by - Sos_the_latter on October 13, 2009 12:06:39 PM]

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:{ Oh that's great.
Now I have to get a USB-Candle adapter. :)

But seriously, it does sound like a great concept.
So how exactly are you interfacing with the candle?
Does it use a webcam or something?

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As a safer replacement for the candle, might I suggest a maglite torch with the focussing end unscrewed -- what you get then is a cylinder, with the small bulb stuck out of the end of it, and it will illuminate all around it; much as a candle does.

Then there's no fire risk :-)

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Candles emit a lot of infra-red light, which digital cameras are good at receiving (they're usually *too* good at it, so they usually have a filter to block out the IR light -- you can convert most web-cams to night-vision cameras by removing this filter).

If you ever lose your Wii's sensor bar, you can replace it with two candles (the sensor bar is simply 2 IR LEDs and the WiiMote is a bluetooth IR camera).

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Quote:
Original post by Hodgman
If you ever lose your Wii's sensor bar, you can replace it with two candles (the sensor bar is simply 2 IR LEDs and the WiiMote is a bluetooth IR camera).


To be exact, the Wii sensor bar contains more than 2 IR LEDs. I think it's 4 or 5 on each end.

Also, the sun also emits a lot IR light, that's why the Wii pointer gets all jerky when being pointed at a window.

However, would the Firefly game work when waving a Wii sensor bar around?

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Yeah, it does use webcam, but mouse support for shy people will also be added. The game is pretty tranquil so I think there's not much fire risk, but that doesn't apply to get-covered-in-candlewax risk unfortunately.

anyways, another screenshot

http://www.gizycko.mm.pl/~stora_s/sos/teaser1.png

[i still haven't figured out how to use this forum's facilities, so just copypaste it]

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Nice (sort of) original concept and very nice music! From this I can picture a FPS in which you need to light a candle in order to see stuff in a dark room...

What about connecting a fan to a mouse wheel and making it sping by blowing into it?... :)

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Original post by owl
(sort of)
Why sort of? I don't think I've ever seen a game controlled by a candle before...

I think it looks fantastic, and I think it was probably one of the first YouTube videos I ever watched all the way to the end :-) I loved the music as well, seems like a perfect match for the gameplay.

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