We decided to make this project to give people something more to do during their isolation and lockdown. Lots of games and quizzes that were great fun at the start of lockdown have started to become stale, so we wanted to add some more novelty to them!
What it does
Our project is a website (currently hosted at https://www.oliver-ursell.tech/GUH) which allows you to log on as a user, when your friend loads one of the games from our github. There are three game: Frogger, everybody plays against each other to get past all the traffic and be the first one to the top. Boss battle, everybody works together to defeat a boss, dodging lasers and making sure they make the best impact. DoD, a text based adventure where each user can vote for their groups chosen path, discovering an exciting story along the way.
All of our systems were built with mqtt in a reliable, scalable manner. The games were designed to be hosted by one user and have been tested with upwards of 40 users at a time, although we believe we can do much more! The games are fun for small groups and a great way of bonding with a whole lecture theatre. Shouting and whooping to the skies!
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
The use of multiple different languages to build each of our games was an exhilarating and highly educational experience, we struggled with integrating C++ and our network, however learnt to love Sdl all the same, along with pygame, Processing 3 and graphical web design. Our backend universally, providing code to access our broker in 3 different languages shows the versatility of our publish / subscribe system.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Getting it to work! We were very surprised by the scalability of our programming, we learnt Pygame from scratch, Sdl in C++ from scratch and Processing 3 from scratch, skills we all hope to use extensively again.
What's next for MOA - Multiplayer Online Arcade
More Games! We want to help people tackle that boredom and get closer to each other. Playing our Frogger game in particular has strengthened some friendships, and awoken some enemies. A test with a large number of people is coming next, we want to know just how far we can go!