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Friday, May 10, 2013

St. Louis Developer Creates Video Game You Draw and Play

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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Is the ability to create your own video game worth $100,000? Robin Rath is betting that you'll think so.

Rath, a St. Louis web designer and serial entrepreneur, is the mad scientist behind Pixel Press, a mobile app that lets you draw, play and share your own video game. Through his software company Roundthird, Rath launched the Pixel Press idea on Kickstarter May 7, and the project has already nabbed more than $15,000 of the $100,000 goal with a little over a month to go.

"We launched the Pixel Press Kickstarter on Tuesday, and after two days, the response has been pretty incredible - over 700 backers," Rath says. "And we've seen so many positive comments from fans saying how excited they are to help us make this happen."

So what the hell is this thing and how does it work? Let's just say that all those days you spent mapping out Super Mario Bros levels as a youngster won't go to waste.

Pixel Press marries modern technology with hand-drawn fun and old-school Nintendo nostalgia. Users print Rath's specially designed Pixel Press sketch kit onto any white paper and draw their own terrain. Moving platforms? Check. Dark pits? Yep. Jumping fireballs? Yes, and ouch.

After drawing five levels of hell, users photograph their masterpiece and upload their game draft through the Pixel Press app for iPhone or iPad (Android apps will be considered after the IOS launch). The app does some voodoo tech magic, and after a few tests and design tweaks, you've got a playable game worthy of a brave hero.

Continue for a video of how Pixel Press works and more.

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