Whether you’re a video game fanatic or someone who simply enjoys a good bit of gaming, you’re going to enjoy what one Pittsburgh arcade did to help those staying home during the pandemic. LikeLike is a gallery that is focused on showcasing creative and weird indie games and they have recently swapped their physical space for a virtual world.
An At-home Arcade
LikeLike Online is what LikeLike refers to as “the tiniest MMORPG”. If you’re not too familiar with the video game terminology, MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. It is a multiplayer game that is played online where large numbers of people can play at the same time. These players aren’t just a handful, they can be thousands and even reach millions of players at one time.
The virtual arcade debuted last week and it remains open to the public. LikeLikeOnline is built using Bitsy game-making tools. It’s called “An Itsy Bitsy Crisis.” Rather than playing games in arcade cabinets and on real screens, players can click on the walls in order to find Bitsy projects based on themes of “catastrophes and rebirths” which can be played online.
The downside to these games is that you can’t watch other people play and share the experience or excitement an actual arcade makes possible. But not needing to wait in line to play has to be a major upside, too.
Keeping Up With the Normal Schedule
According to LikeLike, the virtual world will remain active for some time and there will be a new show that will start on May 1st which mirrors the gallery’s normal schedule. New shows come with new spaces. You have the opportunity to build your own gallery if you are up for the challenge since the project itself is open-source.
LikeLike made it easy for people to enjoy their time at home and easy to play arcade games without having to physically go to their gallery.