Thursday, 13 November 2014

Zorbinball

Zorbing (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic

Pinball is a type of arcade game, usually coin-operated, in which points are scored by a player manipulating one or more steel balls on a play field inside a glass-covered cabinet called a pinball machine
Zorbing and Pinball combine to create a huge scale, full-body immersive pinball machine.

A player becomes the ball. Instead of being in control of the ball you go inside the ball in order to feel what it's really like to be plunged, flipped and bumped around.

Another player is required to operate the large mechanical flippers - it will take great skill to be able to control the inflatable human-filled ball to aim at the targets dotted around the hill in order to score the highest points during a day of Zorbinball or Pinzorbing.

The twist is the other player is not in the same location as the player who is in the ball. The game flippers are controlled from another location by a specially built machine, which at first appears to be a normal pinball machine, but the playfield is in fact a digital screen broadcasting a live aerial view from the play field. Upon pressing the flipper buttons the signal is sent from the machine to the flippers.

Whats this all about?
This post is from my journal on MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking
I am currently proposing a project based around arcade games - this is one of my early sketchbook ideas and thought it would be fun to share.

Is this a really stupid idea? Do you have any suggestions? Please let me know by commenting, tweeting or getting in contact.