#80: Holograms on Steam
Steam has been the go-to platform for accessing, discussing and distributing games since 2003. Many developers use Steam to interact with users who've played their game and to release updates with additional experiences. In this case, we're going to discuss an additional holographic experience released by a developer studio that's been cranking out games since the early days of game making.
UK-based Llamasoft has released over 30 games on nearly 20 platforms since 1982. As a part of a new in-house revitalization initiative called The Minotaur Project, the team at Llamasoft have been working to make new games intentionally styled after their forerunners. Although retro in aesthetic, these games have what Llamasoft calls a "modern heart" built inside of them that adds a deeper sense of reward and engagement that most contemporary players are used to.
In the same vein of rejuvenation, the Llamasoft team has released a beta of Minotaur Arcade Vol 1 on Steam. This collection of arcade-style games comes with a modern twist: they're playable in 2D, VR, and in holographic form.
Even though it's an initial part of an experiment with creating a holographic experience, Minotaur Arcade plays quite nicely in the Looking Glass. The games leverage the holographic display's capabilities of communicating depth and scale. The player is able to navigate around grids shaped like mini globes that appear lifelike in a way that arcade cabinets never could properly convey.
Llamasoft says they plan to release future projects that will be playable in the Looking Glass, so be the first to experience them by keeping up with their updates on Steam.
**this is part of our “100 Days of Holograms” series, where a few of us in the team at Looking Glass Factory post one new wonderful or weird (or both!) use for the Looking Glass holographic display being conjured around the world each day.