We have built gamepads and arcade tables with participants from all ages. Sometimes the challenge is simply to learn how to connect circuits or how to think creatively about a gamepad for a particular game. Other times, such as in the accessibility challenges, participants hack generic gamepads to expand the controls for a person living with mobility reduction such as a physical disability or Parkinson’s disease. For such challenges, we involve members of the community and test their ideas as they develop.
Building arcade tables for retro-gaming is always a hit with participants. We have built arcade tables with youth from Maison des Jeunes Côte-des-Neiges and with university students during a Media Archeology summer school. Each arcade table is different and takes approximately 20 hours to build.