Inventors Create Real World Sub Game Then Sink its Crew

Inventors Create Real World Sub Game Then Sink its Crew

These guys built a sub for September's Maker Faire, as part of Red Bull's Game of Games competition.

I don't know how far you'd go to win a competition, but I'm willing to bet you wouldn't go as far as these guys did. Team 1.21 Jigawatts put together a submarine within 72 hours, whose sole purpose in life is to get sunk - again and again - while the crew dash around inside trying to pull the right lever or twiddle the right dial to keep the thing watertight. Get it right and you stay dry; get it wrong, and you get a soaking. It's all part of the Game of Games challenge to the Red Bull Creation teams, each of which had to make a game - the game of games, in fact - with the final objective being a showing at the New York Maker's Faire in September.

1.21 Jigawatts is defending its title with this latest project; last year it was the Red Bull Creation grand prize winner. "We are a local Minnesota team of builders with a mix of expertise in technology and art here in the Twin Cities," says the website notice, adding "in our spare time, we build maniacal creations to inspire imagination and stretch mental know-how." Mike Senese of Science Channel fame describes the Red Bull Creation teams as the type of people who like to take things apart. "Some of the most surprising and most successful things in the world today," says Senese on the Red Bull Creation video, "are items that have come out of severe limitations. That's where the mind starts working, where the gears start turning, and where the magic starts happening."

The sub is an interactive game device, in which the crew try to keep the thing in working order while disaster after disaster is flung at them. Twitter followers can even depth-charge the Red September with their Tweets, and that's almost the least of the things that can happen to the poor unfortunates in this submersible. When disaster strikes the thing quivers and shakes, and Twitter warns an already panicked crew that more trouble is on the way. Quick reflexes are the only thing that will save them; anything less than the best will provoke jets of punishing water.

The Red Bull Creation teams have poured their hearts and souls into this. Minotaur's Revenge, this year's People's Choice selection, features duelling maze tables in which you and your opponents compete - and set traps on each other's tables - in order to be the first to the end of the maze. Or there's Thumby Wars, the idea of which is deceptively simple but the execution is something altogether other. Each team faced the same time and tools constraints, but that doesn't seem to have fazed them in the slightest.

The Maker Faire they're headed off to in September is pretty much exactly that; a collection of tinkerers and crafters who spend their spare time putting all kinds of jury-rigged Rube Goldberg devices together. "We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things," the Faire organizers say in their notes to potential entrants. Sounds as though the Red September fits that bill quite nicely.

Source: Red Bull Creation, via Kotaku

Permalink

This is the coolest thing I have seen in a while. At first I thought it was a Kinect game, and I was kind of excited(as excited as I can possibly get for a Kinect game) for it.

I both love and dislike Red Bull. On one hand, they do a lot of fun stuff and help heaps of people live their dream jobs. They also employ a ton of people. But... they kind of also hand out energy drinks and feed into the hyped up, drugged up culture we've got going on.

Not sure how to feel.

Red Bull: It gives you The Bends!

This is like...a REAL game? Like, an actual sub?

Holey Moley craps

antipunt:
This is like...a REAL game? Like, an actual sub?

Holey Moley craps

I have a feeling they might get a call from the navy soon, about a not so fun expansion.

This should totally make it's way to arcades. That'd be awesome. Could you imagine it? Racking up a few hundred kills in Time Crisis 4, whup some foos at Tekken Tag (not that abortion six, that didn't happen) then jump in A FUCKING SUBMARINE and wrestle to get the thing under control before getting drenched and pooling water at the bar as you kick back with a couple buddies and a couple bears.
I'd pay for that kind of entertainment.

This feels like the precursor to Saw somehow.

weirdguy:
This feels like the precursor to Saw somehow.

Lets play a game, *insert red bull themed games here*

ScruffyMcBalls:
This should totally make it's way to arcades. That'd be awesome. Could you imagine it? Racking up a few hundred kills in Time Crisis 4, whup some foos at Tekken Tag (not that abortion six, that didn't happen) then jump in A FUCKING SUBMARINE and wrestle to get the thing under control before getting drenched and pooling water at the bar as you kick back with a couple buddies and a couple bears.
I'd pay for that kind of entertainment.

image
You say something? You want bears? D:
We bears o:
Bears want play submarine game! Bears love water! : D
Let bears play game RAAAAARH!! O:<

SadakoMoose:

ScruffyMcBalls:
This should totally make it's way to arcades. That'd be awesome. Could you imagine it? Racking up a few hundred kills in Time Crisis 4, whup some foos at Tekken Tag (not that abortion six, that didn't happen) then jump in A FUCKING SUBMARINE and wrestle to get the thing under control before getting drenched and pooling water at the bar as you kick back with a couple buddies and a couple bears.
I'd pay for that kind of entertainment.

image
You say something? You want bears? D:
We bears o:
Bears want play submarine game! Bears love water! : D
Let bears play game RAAAAARH!! O:<

Without a doubt, that's the most awesome mistake I've ever made. Sure the bears can join in, maybe then we can find us some BEERS to enjoy. Gosh I'm dense sometimes...

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here