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Lead designer, Leigh Harris says, “Objects uses a virtual serial port to interface directly with arduinos, LEDs, buttons, switches and dials. We’ll release the source code for everything we build and do how-to guides online.” Can you also play it with a mouse and keyboard? Sure. Will you still want to? Absolutely. Harris describes the game as, “Marrying the tense stealth action of submarine sims with the open-world exploration of space trading games.” During a 15 minute demonstration, I barely scratched the surface of the game’s systems.
As well as powering down for stealth, hiding in nebulae and physically touching the many things required to blow up a pirate, I learned that engagement is limited only by your curiosity. Pay for
repairs or fi gure out how to do it yourself. Further, if you lose the ability to control a system due to damage, look to the command line interface in the corner.
You can even get detailed, political leaning news from the different sectors you pass by and it is this depth, beyond hardware customisation, that promises fl exible, meaningful play. PAX-goers may have been drawn to Objects in Space because of its peripherals, but were then treated to a deep simulation experience. In a convention full of fun, but often fl eeting moments, Objects sparked enduring eagerness in everyone who played it.