a hundred players

4 February 2020
LNUG talk, November 2019

This is a talk I gave at London Node User Group (LNUG) in November 2019. The multiplayer live audience game was an idea I'd had brewing for a while - ever since I was writing little mini games with Flash and building some museum exhibitions in the early 2000s. I was reading a lot at the time about game design and an anecdote I read told a story about a game of Pong for large audiences, with collective energy and excitement of the auditorium where everyone was playing the same game. I wanted to do that.

My initial intention was to one day recreate the Pong experience via a local network and phones as controllers. But it was the opportunity to showcase technology from Pusher, one of our meetup sponsors, was the spark that got me to do it...

ALl the source code to the game is in this GitHub repo