Published: Dec. 12, 2018

ATLAS PhD student Clement Zheng and master's student Peter Gyory will present their game, "Hot Swap: All Hands on Deck," in the alternative controllers (alt.ctrl) section at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 18–22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. GDC is the world's largest professional game industry event, bringing together 28,000 attendees to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. 

One of the most original aspects of Zheng and Gyory's game is the use of a wide range of different game controllers which must be switched to perform different functions within the game. Creating such a wide collection of game controllers was made possible by Zheng's Mechamagnets design platform, which permits developers to rapidly configure and 3D print functional dials, switches and joysticks that use magnets for resistance and other haptic elements.

Hot Swap: All Hands on Deck is a collaboration between the THING and ACME labs.