Julia Makivic

Julia Makivic

Void of Memory Pt. 2

This is the second iteration of Void of Memory, which is first described here.

In this version, the player still acts as the protagonist who has managed to hack into the organic server farm. However, instead of taking solely on the perspective of the protagonist searching through the server, the player is able to view the perspectives of multiple of characters in the story as they try to find out what happened to the friend who disappeared many years ago.

Below is a piece of concept art for the design of the game. The game will consist of multiple, physical components. Each component will represent a character in the story, including the server farm. The components will be able to communicate with one another. The player will use these components to communicate with each other in order to seek information in the server, have different characters talk to one another and to determine the truth of how their friend disappeared.

This project is very much a work in progress. For now, I am in the process of making a cardboard prototype for the enclosure of each component. Each component will be controlled with an arduino pro mini and will use infrared in order to communicate with the other components.

This video shows a breadboard prototype of one these components. One component is sending an infrared signal to the other. When I press the button on the component to the right, it triggers an infrared signal to be sent to the component on the left. The patter on the LED matrix changes each time the button is pressed. When the component to the left receives the signal, the screen changes. The image on the screen is replaced by a series of horizontal stripes in order to indicate that it has received the signal.

This is meant to be a proof of concept, indicating that I have gotten the technology to work in order to make the game. Now, I need to work on the narrative and the design.

Update 10/7/2018:

I decided that in order to create the effect of these objects talking together, that I would send infrared signals between them. One object would react according to information sent over infrared from the other. I just finished making a case for the infrared transmitter. Here is a video below:

Here are also a few images of the case. Although the box is just a cardboard prototype, I wanted the casse to still have the aesthetic I was going for.

More updates will soon follow!
You can view my tumblr, or follow @juliamakivic on instagram in order to see more progress on this project.