A 1980s Arcade Game Built with Recycled Electronics




PrintCade / PrintCade: Invaders is a interactive installation that allows the public to interact with the piece using arcade joysticks and buttons from the 80s to control old printers and generate sound as if playing a physical version of the classic 1980s arcade game, “Space Invaders”. When the button is pressed on the joystick the installation illuminates and “fires” virtual shots to an array of aliens on the wall above the piece. It also makes sounds and when the joystick is moved, the printer head moves back and forth mimicking the 1980s arcade aesthetic. PrintCade: Invaders connects the project to a live action version of the classic arcade game “Space Invaders”, projected on a wall in front of the main control interface.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Michael Ang

Contact: jonah at coin-operated.com


Creative Tech Week 2019, New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway, New York, NY, May 8-19, 2019.

World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, September 22 & 23, 2018.

Art Hack Day Transmediale 2014, Berlin, Germany, January 29 to Feb 3, 2014

Video of the Project

Photos of the Project



The project emphasizes how recycled objects can retain life reincarnated as new interfaces that maintain their kinetic edge and drive. The system simulates the classic game of space invaders from a physical perspective with lights, and physical sound effects created by a spinning internal compute fan that knocks against the main panel of the project.

More Photos of Project

New Version of the Project (updated August 2018)

PrintCade 3.0 Running Space Invaders


Installed at Art/Hack/Day/Berlin, Transmediale, 2014.


Press Mentions

Verena Dauerer, TRANSMEDIALE AFTERGLOW, Page Online, January 30, 2014.

Alain Bieber et Laurence_Rilly, Leaks at the Transmediale: digital art in the era of transparency, January 30, 2014. Transmediale shows data for the Art Spähaffären age, Zeit Online, January 31, 2014.

Welcome to Your New NSA Partner Network: Report from Transmediale 2014, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Rhizome.org, February 2, 2014.

These Old School Hackers Used Dead Tech To Make Arcade Game Art, DJ Pangburn, The Creators Project, February 10, 2014.