Telephone Operator Game Uses Real 1927 Switchboard

One of the coolest things Kirk Hamilton and I saw at the 2016 Game Developers Conference was Mike Lazer-Walker's game Hello, Operator, which uses a real switchboard that he bought on eBay and turned into a game.

In the video here, Kirk plays Hello, Operator while Mike explains what's going on. You can't hear it in the video, but Kirk is hearing pre-recorded voices on the phone as caller after caller asks him to connect them to a specific person identified on the switchboard. Kirk has to physically make the connections and then the call proceeds.

Lazer-Walker has ideas about how to evolve the game, including working in a story that might involve the operator listening in on calls or having to decide whether to connect a bad guy's call. He doesn't plan to release Hello, Operator commercially and instead hopes it winds up in a museum.

Hello, Operator was part of the Alt.Ctrl.GDC exhibit and was right next to a game that could be controlled with a pillow.


    I wonder how long it'll be before someone uses the switchboard to beat Dark Souls?

    This is so cool. Wonder if it will ever get freighted here for display at an expo or museum. Would love to try it!

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