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Andrew Y. Ames is a new media artist, designer, and collaborator who plays and plays with games. Games, his work shows, are cultural artifacts that not only entertain and instruct but epitomize the cultures that created them. His modifications bend the rules and reinvent board, video, and card games in unexpected ways that invite critical reflection on consumerism, politics, technology, and media.

Space Invader Returns Home

“Space Invader Returns Home,” brings the classic video game antagonist off the screen to give viewers a glimpse of one invader’s life after returning home from the war. He still carries his injuries (burnt out pixels), and unable to work he cant afford to replace is broken parts. He still chants the invasion march, haunted […]

Prototype Success

The LED space invader prototype worked, with only 9 LED burning out. I must have crossed a wire while testing power supplies… Although the original plan was to use 12 volts, I’ve found 6 works best. I’ll post video and new images soon.  In the mean time the prototype has given me an idea for a series […]

A little press

The Vintage Gaming Exhibit I co-curated with Nick Montfort for the Boston Cyberarts Festival got a nice little write up by Maddy Myers in The Boston Phoenix blog. Vintage Gaming Exhibit: 8-bit Is Back at CyberArts “I consider myself a casual gamer,” Andrew Y. Ames tells me as he guides me around his Vintage Gaming exhibit at 1305 Boylston, an […]

Back to the space invaders project

After waiting for UPS to get my address right and to deliver the parts needed to finish the LED space invader I can finally get back to work. In other space invaders project news I have also begun programming a space invaders mod. I plan to remove all of the invaders, creating a reflective game […]

Old school computers remix Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

LED space invader photo update

You have to burn the rope

I was introduced to this delightfully simple game while in denver. https://www.crazygames.com/game/you-have-to-burn-the-rope If you’re on a mac or don’t want to down load it you can play it here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Mazapan/you-have-to-burn-the-rope I’ve posted a walk though I found on youtube to highlight the simplicity of the game, however if you only watch the video you miss out on the […]

IT University of Copenhagen – Ph.D application

nothing quite like sending off a college application, the feeling of relief once its been sent, then the anxiousness from having to wait for that reply stating acceptance or rejection.

Space invaders

In pursuit of keeping myself busy and making new work I’ve started an LED space invader. It is little more than a nostalgia piece but something that will help keep me in the practice of designing electronics. It will be little more than sculpture that brings a classic Atari Space Invader off the screen, an […]