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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Off the Waffle

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Here's a sweet story from Eugene, Oregon.

The delivery of the game Off The Waffle. From left, Ryan Martin, Richard Hofmeier, Conrad Williams
  • Owen Good - Kotaku
  • The delivery of the game Off The Waffle. From left, Ryan Martin, Richard Hofmeier, Conrad Williams

A couple of years ago, two brothers started a Liege Waffle cart called "Off the Waffle" on 13th Ave in Eugene, a few blocks from the University of Oregon campus. They were usually open late on the weekends and quickly became popular with drunk students.

Last year, they were able to move into a more permanent location on Willamette. One of their policies is that they will do trades for meals. Apparently, one customer paid for a waffle with a trumpet.

Richard Hofmeier, an artist in Eugene and fan of Off the Waffle, knew this and decided to make an arcade video game for the restaurant to see if he could barter for free waffles for life. The process, involving several of his friends and a 14-year-old boy named Devin, took almost a year. Devin designed the game with help from Hofmeier who was trying to give the boy a place of stability from his otherwise chaotic upbringing.

Eventually the crew delivered the game to the store and met with the brothers. In the process Hofmeier informed the brothers that he was hoping to get free waffles for life for Devin, and guess what? Devin gets to eat waffles for free whenever he wants.

It's a fun story about helping others and bettering a community. I'm just summarizing here, but if you'd like to read the longer story and see the trailer they made for the game, check out Kotaku.

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