Street Level

Street Level is a research-creation project for sidewalk accessible arcade-format videogames. The project is currently being funded by Concordia’s Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG), as part of the PLAYPR project (GRAND-NCE). Games will use Microsoft’s Kinect motion tracking peripheral through vacant storefront windows, with games playing on projectors or large-scale monitors inside.

The goals behind Street Level are as follows:

  • To create persistent games playable, accessible, and engaging, from the sidewalk in front of a storefront window or similar glass wall; and
  • To present game art in a public setting, in a manner that might help support urban renewal.

Street Level further explores work within the emerging “new arcade” movement: experimental videogames designed explicitly for public gatherings and arts venues.