STEAM Sundays: Meet Game Space Visionaries
Articles Blog

STEAM Sundays: Meet Game Space Visionaries

October 7, 2019


S.T.E.A.M. SUNDAYS CHAMPIONED BY YOUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOYOTA DEALERS. AMY: WELL, THEY’VE GONE FROM PROFESSIONAL CLOWNS TO GAME SPACE VISIONARIES. IT’S TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S S.T.E.A.M. SUNDAY PROFILE. SERENE: METEOROLOGIST AMBER LEE TAKES US FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT IT TOOK TO CREATE L.A.’S FIRST MICRO-AMUSEMENT PARK. ♪ ♪ AMBER: IN A CONVERTED WAREHOUSE NEAR THE TOY DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN L.A., THE FINAL BETA TESTING IS UNDERWAY FOR WHAT CREATORS SAY IS THE COUNTRY’S FIRST MICRO AMUSEMENT PARK. BACK TO WORK. WE HAVE ROBOT BARTENDERS, A WHOLE CARNIVAL MIDWAY. THIS IS A SHOWCASE OF ALL KINDS OF FUTURISTIC ENTERTAINMENT. AMBER: THIS IS TWO BIT CIRCUS. WE PULLED UP IN THE TOYOTA MOBILE WEATHER LAB — HI, I’M AMBER — TO PREVIEW THE FUTURE OF GAME SPACES. OUR GOAL IS TO GET PEOPLE BACK TOGETHER IN PUBLIC. EVERYBODY SPENDS ALL THEIR TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ON THEIR PHONES, BUT WE WANT PEOPLE PLAYING TOGETHER, MEETING NEW FRIENDS OR RECONNECTING WITH OLD FRIENDS. AMBER: ONE OF SEVERAL WAYS THE CIRCUS PLANS TO DO THAT, SOMETHING CALLED STORY ROOM. WE HAVE A WHOLE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WORLDS BEHIND THESE DOORS. AMBER: THESE ARE A REIMAGINATION OF ESCAPE ROOMS. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE STORY’S NOT ABOUT’SES CAPING THE ROOM? AMBER: PLAYERS WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE A MYSTERY. THERE IS A SECRET BEHIND THAT DOOR. AMBER: OR PILOT SPACESHIPS. THE PILOTING SYSTEM IS TAKING CARE OF THE CRAZY ASTEROIDS, THE ENGINEERS REPAIRING THE DAMAGE. IT’S LIKE LIVING INSIDE THE VIDEO GAME. AMBER: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE? JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE S.T.E.A.M. DISCIPLINES. WE’RE HIRING A GAME PROGRAMMER, THE ASSUMPTION IS YOU’RE A GOOD PROGRAMMER, BUT WE’RE ALSO LOOKING FOR OTHER INTERESTS. MAYBE YOU’RE A GREAT VIOLINIST, MAYBE YOU’RE A TRAINED CLOWN. WE WANT PEOPLE WITH A DIVERSITY OF SKILL SETS BECAUSE REALLY CREATIVITY COMES AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOMAINS. AMBER: BRENT ALSO WANTS PEOPLE WHO AREN’T AFRAID OF FAILURE. IN FACT, BOTH HE AND CO-CREATOR ERIC EMBRACE IT. I HAVE SO MANY FAILURES. I HAVE TONS AND TONS AND TONS OF FAILURES. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FORGET ABOUT THE FAILURES, YOU KNOW? IS USE THEM TO INFORM WHAT YOU DO NEXT. AMBER: AND WHAT THE TEAM IS DOING IS TESTING AND TWEAKING TO GET READY FOR OPENING DAY. DO THEY EXPECT PERFECTION? PROBABLY NOT. AND THAT, THEY SAY, IS THE REAL SECRET TO SUCCESS. EVERYTHING WE START WITH IS WRONG, AND ONLY AS YOU WALLS DO YOU START TO REALIZE WHAT MAKES IT RIGHT. AMBER: AMBER LEE, SERENE: TWO BIT CIRCUS OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON SEPTEMBER 7TH. FOR MORE ON GAME SPACING AND OTHER S.T.E.A.M. CAREERS, VISIT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *