Business owners out to prove money and social responsibility can mix

The world's largest social enterprise forum is underway in Christchurch. Source: 1 NEWS

Christchurch teens develop video games for NCEA, set to be released on giant outdoor arcade

Video games created by Christchurch high school students are about to be released on the country's first giant outdoor arcade gaming system.

Burnside High School is one of three schools designing and developing games for the Super Street Arcade in the city.

Teams have worked on their projects since March for NCEA credits, and been have mentored by developers who make games for Disney.

"They've got the choice of about 24 credits with NCEA Level Two and Three that these guys could have picked from," teacher Steven Rodkiss told 1 NEWS.

Tonight several games from all three schools will be released to rotate over the school holidays on the street arcade, where the public can just walk up and play.

The arcade game has been out for nearly 10 months now and is one of 90 projects around the city designed to fill in public spaces to make Christchurch more vibrant and interactive again.

It's run by Gap Filler, a charity that's also behind the city's outdoor dance floor, and a parking meter that spits out free tickets to local events.

So far the arcade game has been a big hit with locals, having been played 125,000 times since it launched. 

Video games created by Christchurch students are about to be released on the country's first giant outdoor arcade gaming system. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Lucky Kiwi kids belt out Smoke on the Water with Deep Purple rock legend

Deep Purple's famous 70s rock tune Smoke on the Water has been belted out by a group of young Kiwi admirers, ahead of Glenn Hughes' classic Deep Purple Christchurch show tonight.

For five hard-rocking decades former Deep Purple bass player Glenn Hughes has performed this anthem, now he enjoys sharing it with younger generations.

"I am overjoyed when I see and hear youngsters playing songs that we wrote and recorded in the early 70s," Hughes told Seven Sharp's Mike Thorpe.

Deep Purple enjoyed their heyday between 1973 and 1976 , with Hughes touring the world playing his bass guitar.

The band split up shortly after but their music never went away.

"It doesn't belong to us anymore. The people that are playing it and singing it, it belongs to the audience," Hughes said.

Judging by the smiles on the faces of the Christchurch kids playing Smoke on the Water along with Hughes, Deep Purple's music will go on to inspire generations to come.

Mike Thorpe meets former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, and those lucky enough to play alongside him. Source: Seven Sharp