UCLA Game Lab Arcade Backpack

The ultimately portable arcade machine designed to be worn as a backpack




A Game Lab original


Wood, Arcade Controls, LED Marquee, Laptop


David Elliott  :  Designer
Steven Amrhein  :  Designer
Eddo Stern  :  Designer
Tyler Stefanich  :  Designer
Alex Rickett  :  Designer
Jen Agosta  :  Designer

The Arcade Backpack was created initially as a mechanism to infiltrate public spaces, festivals, and exhibitions and engage audiences with game art projects from our UCLA Game Lab. Ironically, the backpack’s debut at the 2nd Annual UCLA Game Art Festival at the Hammer Museum was so successful in infiltrating our own event that it stole the show and has become the most popular above ground game lab project.

The cabinet frame is constructed of laser-cut plywood and assembled to house a laptop, arcade-style controls, and an illuminated  LED Marquee. The entire cabinet is holstered onto a military grade back frame and can be adjusted to fit comfortably on any willing back.