Old School Gamer chats with game developer Karina Chow about her rhythm game Udder Mayhem and involvement in this year’s Maker Faire Coney Island.

About Udder Mayhem:

An alternative controller rhythm game in which the player plays a barista preparing café lattes by squeezing four silicone udder teats to a beat. Game programming done in Unity, controller made with a Teensy 4.1.

 

Old School Gamer: What is this game all about?

Karina Chow: I made a rhythm game heavily inspired by Rhythm Heaven Fever and Dance Dance Revolution for which you use a silicone cow udder alternative controller to squeeze steamed milk into latte cups to a beat. The game is made with Unity, art and animations made in Adobe Illustrator, and the udder controller mold was modeled in Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D printed, cast into silicone with magnets, and filled with polyurethane foam with Hall Effect sensors in the center. It’s controlled by a Teensy 4.1 microcontroller.

Old School Gamer: Why do you make it?

Chow: I’m a graduate student in the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program and I was in a class last semester called “The New Arcade” taught by Mark Kleback reexamining arcade games. Our midterm was to create an unconventional alternative controller and an accompanying game in Unity. That said, I started working with silicone a few years ago and I’ve wanted to make my own silicone cow udder since. The midterm was a huge success, so I kept working on it. It also made an appearance at Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe this year.

Old School Gamer: What are your goals with it?

Chow: One day I’d like for it to find a permanent home at WondervilleThriller SF, or some other arcade bar. I’d love to keep working on it and make it more complete, and maybe make a few.

Old School Gamer: What do you plan on doing at this year’s Maker Faire?

Chow: Weirdly enough, I’ve been tinkering for over a decade but have never been to a Maker Faire! So I don’t have specific things I’d like to do, I just want to soak it all in 🙂

Old School Gamer: Where can people find out more?

Chow: The documentation for the cow is at https://karinachowtime.vercel.app/portfolio/uddermayhem

My general links for socials and what not are at https://karinachowtime.vercel.app/linktree

Old School Gamer: What’s next?

Chow: Got one more year in my graduate program so focusing on my current projects, thesis, and graduating!

About Maker Faire Coney Island: 

Maker Faire Coney Island is a one-of-a-kind interactive event that celebrates the ingenuity and passion of makers across diverse disciplines. With a rich lineup of exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations, the event promises to inspire, educate, and entertain attendees of all ages. The event is set to take place from October 6-8, 2023, at various iconic venues within Coney Island.

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