“Slogger” is an Interactive Application developed for BBC 5Live and for use at events across the UK during the 2009 cricket season. The Ashes Festival in Leeds will be screening the app all week from 04 Aug 2009.
The application uses motion detection to calculate the user’s response to a number of animated balls delivered by a bowler. The speed of reaction, direction of movement and power of play are tracked from the user and the ball reacts showing the shot played out on screen. As each shot is played a virtual audience celebrate the success (or lack of it) of the user. Leather against Willow Sound effects were developed for each type shot of shot and increase the pay back for the user. As the name suggests the object of the game is to “slog” the ball, with a shot out of the stadium bagging the user 6 runs. Each user receives an over (6 balls) with their total score calculated after each ball. At the end of the over users are congratulated or consoled on their performance throughout the game.
The visual and game play were developed to be friendly, encouraging users of all abilities to get involved and play games with the big screens in cities across the UK and at special 5Live events across the UK.
Slogger gets a mention in The Guardian
Slooger shown on the Village Screen at Glastonbury Festival 2010.