Watch these kids play Star Wars on a giant touch screen


49 Responses to “Watch these kids play Star Wars on a giant touch screen”

  1. MollyMaguire says:

    GAh! you can make a screen like that but you can’t keep a camera focused? I am getting old, that actually strained my eyes.

  2. dorkhero says:

    MUST HAVE!!!

    …with plugins: Trek, Bab5, BSG(old & new), etc.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That game looks nearly identical to Empire at War for the PC.

  4. Grumblefish says:

    “He is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.”

    Anyone remember the game Homeworld? That’s what I think of when I think of a space fleet simulator.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only person who want’s to see Star Fleet Battles ported onto this platform. Maybe with your SSDs on an Ipad?

  6. Anonymous says:

    How is this a better interface than, say, Red Conquest for iPad, which is a viable commercial app?

  7. Anonymous says:

    There was recently a great show on NPR about the “Bamboo ceiling.” It might have some bearing here (or be total BS). The question was if Asian kids disproportionately do so great academically, why are they so underrepresented as managers and leaders.

    The main causes discussed were social differences. Two important ones were “work hard, and you’ll be noticed” and “Asian poker face.” In the first example, networking and self promotion are also critical to getting promoted (but the kids aren’t taught that). For the second, the inverviewee had a great observation: In most of the world, if you go around smiling and happy all the time, you are considered crazy. But in America, it’s the norm.

    So kids from Asian families develop an “Asian poker face.” It becomes hard to tell if they are happy, sad, upset, whatever. These kids could be on the verge of pissing themselves in joy, but we’re not savvy enough to know.

  8. Bubba says:

    PR Dept is screaming “These are not the nerds we are looking for!”

  9. quitterjunior says:


  10. franko says:

    sometimes i’m starkly reminded of just how cool the future that we’re living in IS. it’s not jetpacks and flying cars (yet?), but it’s really damn awesome.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I always read complaints and criticisms of peoples’ expressions when they’re looking at computers or playing mulitplayer games or using the Internet. “Ugh, their faces are blank and bland!”

    Yes, this is true. It’s not because they’re not having fun, it’s because they’re concentrating. They’re using their brains.

    It’s also the same expression you get when you read a book.

  12. Editz says:

    Am I the only one who thought of Gratuitous Space Battles?

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s like they’re playing a video-game from the not-so-distant future.

  14. Gracklewolf says:

    EVL, like the FRU-its of the de-VIL.

  15. emmdeeaych says:

    It would be unseemly for a young padawan to become excited.

    Also, WANT

  16. InsertFingerHere says:

    I’m sure these kids are pretty smart, but they have the most blank & dumb expressions on their faces.

    • JeffF says:

      “blank & dumb expressions”

      Lots of people get that playing video games even multiplayer ones. I find it a bit disturbing.

      I suppose without feedback from other faces your own quickly looses normal expression. I don’t think it affects you when you aren’t playing, however.

  17. Devlin says:

    They’re probably not excited because they are forced to play Admiral Jar Jar Binks.

  18. Anonymous says:

    That touch screen is a hot bed for; dorritos cheese, and partial picked bogers. No thank you.

    • DoctressJulia says:

      I was thinking that, too. Giggled a bit since I like Borderlands and Cheetos so much… :)

      I could see my arms getting tired playing this after 4 hours… lol

  19. thebelgianpanda says:

    We are finally in the future that *I* want to be in. Eff jetpacks, get me one of these.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, but can that multi-touch interface run Crysis?

  21. Jericho says:

    Everyone would stop complaining about their facial expressions if they were properly in uniform. UNIFORMS!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of what Ender would have used, it just need a little 3-D.

  23. dculberson says:

    Well, that’s pretty awesome. Now I need to upgrade my projector setup.

  24. von Bobo says:

    need need need!

    would you rather play against a blank faced kid, or me geeking out and being overly excited, maybe even panting a little bit?

  25. Rob says:

    C&D from Lucas in 3..2…

  26. dougrogers says:

    They’re not excited because, dammit! they don’t they realize they are living in the future!

  27. ncarp says:

    Sorry to be a downer, but all I can think of is that his is how the U.S. military will be conducting drone strikes in the near future

    • spencercat says:

      ncarp, US military is doing drone strikes this way now! Well, maybe not such a big screen at the moment…and not using kids under 18.

      • MajorMattMason says:

        “ncarp, US military is doing drone strikes this way now! Well, maybe not such a big screen at the moment…and not using kids under 18.”

        “…yet.” You forgot “…yet.”

  28. technosean says:

    They’re not excited because the fancy touch screen interface is basically being used to play Asteroids. No matter the interface, no matter the state of the art of the graphics, it’s all about the gameplay.

    • kmoser says:

      They’re not even doing that. They don’t know or care which ships they’re attacking, so it is just a fancy video finger painting session with a space motif and Star Wars audio.

  29. tylerkaraszewski says:

    Also: In before the Orson Scott Card jokes!

    Damn you.

  30. ciacontra says:

    Insert Ender’s Game joke here.

  31. Gulliver says:

    Isn’t this a book by Orson Scott Card?

  32. Gulliver says:

    Bah! Shouldn’t’ve wasted time watching the damn video before commenting!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been video recording a summer camp for kids lately and I would say the blank expressions on these kids playing the Star Wars Wall Game are indicative of the intense focus and concentration that is happening in their brains. You would think that kids painting in watercolors, drawing comicbooks, or even shooting a short film would be having a blast and smiling all the time. WRONG!  They are focused and driven by the task at hand. It’s a rare moment that they break their attention long enough to crack a joke and smile, therefore showing the FUN and ENERGY that the Ad Agency is asking for me to capture. It’s kinda frustrating actually. I am afraid might have to hire child actors to eventually get what I have been tasked to do. Ironic isn’t it. :P

  34. Mister44 says:

    OMG – want want want!!!!

    @ncarp – you think too small – imagine whole armies of killbots.

  35. victorvodka says:

    processing? really? isn’t that like the arduino of programming languages? when are people going to learn to use a real programming language like fortran or python? i’ll bet you go into the lab where this was developed and all you see is PBRs and foozeball tables, completed with skinny guys in plaid teeshirts with ironic mustaches. no thank you, i’ll take my software written by actual geeks please!

    • dculberson says:

      I hope you’re being sarcastic, but it’s kind of hard to tell… It’s just truly possible that someone considers Python a “real” programming language. But the Fortran thing … okay, gotta be a joke. Thanks for the delayed chuckle.

  36. subhan says:

    They’re blank because they are likely playing a pre-scripted demo & are trying to remember their parts.

  37. tmdpny says:

    I bet these kids are totally excited, and if you don’t think so you probably have seen too many commercials… Games that require a lot of thinking take concentration, but it’s the joy in the thinking that makes it so appealing. I think the same can be said for some sports with endurance. I’m a runner. A friend said that no one looks happy running. Why should they? They’re focused. Does a pitcher smile when he’s throwing the ball? Does a footballer smile when they are mid-catch? It’s a silly thought isn’t it? But no one disputes that they are having fun.

    This display is AWESOME and I want one for my house!

  38. Chairboy says:

    It is my fervent hope that the use of ‘on-purpose blurring’ does not catch on as a video editing technique.

  39. davejenk1ns says:

    While this first presents itself as visually incredible, it’s tactically a bad interface:
    1. The simple bias of a “wall” makes the user think in “up” and “down”, when that’s not the case (this is a top-down display)
    2. Another bias is introduced for people paying attention to the zone right at eye level. What about all that wasted space (literally in this case) down by their knees or above their heads?
    3. the circle-menus are visually cool, but they introduce a delay: keyboard strokes (or 10-key codes) are much faster and more efficient. They just require more memorization, but that’s not a problem for a real fighter pilot

    • Anonymous says:

      @davejen1ns, re: up and down

      So, where is the enemy’s base?

    • spejic says:

      About your point 3, that’s because touch screens only have one kind of “click” – it’s like designing a game for a mouse with a single button.

      And about the blank expressions – could it be that this game isn’t actually any fun? Much like the movie battles, there doesn’t seem to be any strategy involved. It’s just straight-up attrition with ridiculous weapons.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Gorilla Arm Syndrome.

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