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Video Sans-Video Game Mini

A derivative of Video Sans-Video Game, Video Sans-Video Game Mini side-scrolls players through hand-drawn levels powered by continuous rotation servos and IR sensors. Its small size packs a big punch with razor sharp controls and snappy, high-torque action.

While its predecessor was assembled from scavenged parts, the Mini is built with a handful of off-the-shelf components and a variety of 3D printed parts and laser cut panels. Arduino Uno driven, the code offers free run modes for experimentation and loading new levels. Sensor settings are stored in EEPROM for easy calibration. The revamped X/Y drive system is based on the Etch-A-Sketch while a plexiglass front panel houses IR “end stops” and provides a glimpse at the inner workings.

Video Sans-Video Game Mini was on display at the Toronto International Film Festival Kids digiPlaySpace from March 8th through April 21th, 2014.

Video Sans-Video Game Mini is on display at the Hudson River Museum from February 18th through May 18th, 2014 alongside their exhibit of the Smithsonian’s The Art of Video Games.

A prototype of Video Sans-Video Game Mini debuted at World Maker Faire New York 2013 with the original Video Sans-Video Game.

Build a Video Sans-Video Game Mini

Complete source files for Video Sans-Video Game Mini are available for download. The source file ZIP contains DXF files for cutting the game cabinet and panels, STL files for 3D printing the plastic components and the Arduino source code to drive the game. A list of supplies is available below.

Custom built Video Sans-Video Game Minis are also available by commission.

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