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Super Rum & Coke Bros. On Display

If you keep playing this rum-dispensing version of Super Mario Bros., we're going to have to hold an intervention.

I didn't know that there was enough going on in the field of "cocktail robotics" for it to deserve its own festival, complete with workshops and displays of machinery designed to intoxicate humans. But that's precisely what Roboexotica, which is going on this week in Austria, is all about.

The entry that caught my eye is over on Kotaku, and it's an emulated version of Super Mario Bros. running through LUA scripts that speak to a Python server that speaks to a bunch of servos that speak to tubes that speak to bottles of rum and Coke, which certainly speaks to me. The main idea is that collecting coins triggers the mechanism and dispenses a bit of alcohol, while knocking off enemies deploys some soda as a mixer. This can, of course, be retrofitted with any other beverage, and in the video below, they're running it with Cherry Coke.

  

  

All of that ambient lighting, vibration, and "wind" looks really cool, too. I'm especially into the idea of going back and, via the power of scripting, adding rumble support into games that came out before force feedback was a standard feature. That'd be a neat trick.     Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

I didn't know that there was enough going on in the field of "cocktail robotics" for it to deserve its own festival, complete with workshops and displays of machinery designed to intoxicate humans. But that's precisely what Roboexotica, which is going on this week in Austria, is all about.

The entry that caught my eye is over on Kotaku, and it's an emulated version of Super Mario Bros. running through LUA scripts that speak to a Python server that speaks to a bunch of servos that speak to tubes that speak to bottles of rum and Coke, which certainly speaks to me. The main idea is that collecting coins triggers the mechanism and dispenses a bit of alcohol, while knocking off enemies deploys some soda as a mixer. This can, of course, be retrofitted with any other beverage, and in the video below, they're running it with Cherry Coke.

  

  

All of that ambient lighting, vibration, and "wind" looks really cool, too. I'm especially into the idea of going back and, via the power of scripting, adding rumble support into games that came out before force feedback was a standard feature. That'd be a neat trick.    
Posted by Bigandtasty

That's pretty cool. We all know how people are suckers for Mario nostalgia these days.

Edited by Hitchenson

That's pretty sweet. 
 
Also, 2:21, I lost it.

Posted by august

That's my drink, son.

Posted by erinfizz

That seems like more fun than the robotics convention I went to in Atlanta that was mainly concerned with robots playing soccer. :)

Posted by Kohe321

Wow, that is completely awesome.

Posted by Brendan

Robots playing soccer!? I love that shit.
Posted by Sanj

This is genius. I want one!
Posted by nanikore

I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo".

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I wonder if you could play it to lean heavily toward the rum...  Seems that way :)

Posted by Andborn

Vibrate down Mario's pole for a drink.

Posted by MeatSim

This is pretty much the only way to play Mario now.

Edited by Linkyshinks

Now that's a novel way to get drunk... It would be pretty neat if you had something like this set up at a party. 

Posted by Cerza

The Giant Bomb office needs to get one of these.

Posted by jim_dandy
@nanikore: That's what I called it when I was little.
Posted by Damian

I was really hoping things were going to get illicit when Mario grabbed that mushroom.

Posted by wfolse1

Man, that's wonderful.

Posted by Qwinn

How about I just play Mario with a beer in my hand and jerk off when I win?

Posted by pause422

That, is pretty damn awesome.

Posted by HatKing

Replace the water with Everclear and then you have a pretty high stakes game going.
Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I understand one of about fifty words that guy's saying, but I do understand rum and coke.  Hooray for rum and coke!
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Posted by HeavyMental

lame shit

Posted by MildMolasses
@nanikore: Why? That's what every kid who had one called it 20 years ago. Hell, I still useit.
 
Also, I had a Super Nintendo
Posted by MattQ

Honestly this looks pretty lame. The fact that you would have to reach behind the laptop just to get the Styrofoam cup full of whatever drink defeats what sad little purpose there is to this.

Posted by Rallier

So this boils down to loading up levels with only Goobas.

Posted by Crono

When you hit a star does it go into "Chug" mode?
 
Anyway, this is awesome!

Edited by Rowr

Im an under 21 year old american, something to do with drinking? AWESOME!
 
No but actually no.

Posted by Milkman

Seems a very complicated (but awesome) way to get wasted.

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Posted by JJOR64

That is fucking awesome.

Edited by slinky6

That's full-blown retarded.

Posted by Bucketdeth

That'd be an awesome drinking game for your friends, to bad I would have no clue how to make that thing.

Posted by Danterion

"So you can actually FEEL Mario sliding down the flag pole." 
 
With a vibrator? Seriously? 
 
NO HOMO

Posted by Qwinn

Hey, did anyone see how funny this guy was?  It's awesome!!11eleven!
 
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Posted by Qwinn

Holy crap that dude is hilarious!  I nearly pooed myself!  
 
Good stuff Brutha!
 
Yo fiddy, we out!
 
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Hey, did anyone see how funny this guy was?  It's awesome!!11eleven!
 
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Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials
@nanikore said:

" I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo". "

Then you also must hate how people call the SNES the "Super Nintendo".
Nintendo Entertainment System is just a little cumbersome.
Posted by nanikore
@528seven said:
" @nanikore said:

" I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo". "

Then you also must hate how people call the SNES the "Super Nintendo". Nintendo Entertainment System is just a little cumbersome. "
Must I? 
Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials
@nanikore said:
" @528seven said:
" @nanikore said:

" I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo". "

Then you also must hate how people call the SNES the "Super Nintendo". Nintendo Entertainment System is just a little cumbersome. "
Must I?  "
Yes.
Posted by Hemlock

Oh yeah Mario, vibrate all over that flagpole.

Posted by asian_pride

Lol that's impressive.

Posted by nanikore
@528seven said:
" @nanikore said:
" @528seven said:
" @nanikore said:

" I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo". "

Then you also must hate how people call the SNES the "Super Nintendo". Nintendo Entertainment System is just a little cumbersome. "
Must I?  "
Yes. "
But moooooom....
Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials
@nanikore said:
" @528seven said:
" @nanikore said:
" @528seven said:
" @nanikore said:

" I hate how he called the NES a "Nintendo". "

Then you also must hate how people call the SNES the "Super Nintendo". Nintendo Entertainment System is just a little cumbersome. "
Must I?  "
Yes. "
But moooooom.... "
THIS INSTANT YOUNG MAN
Posted by TheClap

Ideal drink: 100 coins.  No enemies killed.  I call it the Pacifist's 1up

Posted by LaszloKovacs
@Qwinn said:
" How about I just play Mario with a beer in my hand and jerk off when I win? "
YOU GUYS. YOU GUYS.
 
I THINK HE IS ON TO SOMETHING.
Posted by DrJota

Best.Thing.Ever.

Posted by slinky6
@Qwinn said:
" How about I just play Mario with a beer in my hand and jerk off when I win? "
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Posted by Bummey

Rum and coke? Give me single malt or give me death.

Edited by crapasaurus

               How about I just play Mario with a beer in my hand and jerk off when I win?  
@Qwinn: ROFL.
 
Jump on turtle - drink.
Get a coin - drink
Jump on flagpole - spank city.

Posted by Halberdierv2

nice, although I think stronger drinks than rum are in order.

Posted by Tregard

@ 2:22 I lost the Game.

Posted by FinalDasa

If you got rum for every coin and coke for every enemy I would never stop playing.

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