Why throw away your energy drinks cans from the hackathon when you can use them to play games?!?

What it does

We used the Makey Makey to create a makeshift games console that allows up to 2 players to play using energy drinks cans as controllers. The following games are available: Connect Four, Pong, Tanks and Tic Tac Toe. Tic Tac Toe works using the Makey Makey however needs remapping in order for it to be shown correctly, so we shall not be able to demo.

How I built it

The games are built in Python. We reused the energy drinks cans that we consumed during the hackathon, putting holes in the bottom of them and threading the crocodile clips through the holes to the Makey Makey.

Challenges I ran into

Getting most of the games to share the same key bindings, which Jack and Ciaran managed to successfully sort out for 3 out of 4 of the games. Additionally we had to wrap the cans with insulation tape in order to ensure that the input wasn't messed up.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Making a make shift games console out of trash. "And the games are actually fun", Jack Horsburgh 2018.

What I learned

Quite a bit about Pygame and how much fun the Makey Makey is.

What's next for Trashcan Gaming

More trash, more games. 4K 144hz gaming perhaps?

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