The Choosatron


In the spring of 2012, Jerry Belich was given an Arduino micro-controller after expressing interest in getting into hardware, as opposed to the purely software world he had always lived in. After a month of it sitting in a drawer, two separate concepts that had been swimming around his mind collided, the art of choice based interactive fiction, and arcade-style social and physical play. After another month, the first Choosatron prototype was working, and a few friends quickly became authors in a fresh interpretation of a nostalgic medium. Another prototype was built for bringing to events which led to an offer to teach kids creative writing using the Choosatron device. It wasn’t until early 2013 when Jerry went to London for five weeks did he discover just how strong the public response would be, as he brought one to tinker on. He decided to get serious about development and began preparing for a kickstarter to raise funds. It ran over the month of August, 2013 with wild success, bringing in $75k out of a requested $22k. Since then, Jerry has been building the team, speaking at events, recruiting authors, and most importantly of all, getting Choosatrons in front of kids to help inspire them technically and creatively.

  1. Future of Storytelling Festival, Official Selection
    • New York, NY — October 7 to October 10, 2016
  2. Children’s Media Conference | Playground Exhibition, Official Selection
    • Sheffield, UK — July 5 to July 10, 2016
  3. | digiPlaySpace, Official Selection
    • Toronto, Canada — March 5 to April 24, 2016
  4. Smithsonian Indie Arcade, Official Selection
    • Washington, DC — January 19, 2016
  5. WordPlay, Official Selection
    • Toronto, Canada — November 7, 2015
  6. Future of Storytelling, Official Selection
    • New York, NY — October 7, 2015
  7. Bit Bash, Official Selection
    • Chicago, IL — August 22, 2015 and September 6, 2014
  8. Solid Conference, Official Selection
    • San Francisco, CA — June 23, 2015
  9. IndieCade @ E3, Official Selection
    • Los Angeles, CA — June 10, 2014
  10. A MAZE, Audience Choice Award Winner – Other Dimensions Award Winner – WTF! Award Nominee
    • Berlin, Germany — April 11, 2014
  11. Game Science Center, Official Selection for Permanent Exhibit
    • Berlin, Germany — April 4, 2014
  12. Alt.Ctrl.GDC, Official Selection
    • San Francisco, CA — March 19, 2014
  13. GameConnection, Selected Project – Nominee in Console & PC Hardcore Category
    • Paris, France — December 3, 2013
  14. Fantastic Arcade, Official Selection
    • Austin, TX — September 19, 2013