TIFF Nexus Event – New Media Literacies

Hi everyone, another TIFF Nexus conference and jam is just around the corner, April 20th. With the Hand Eye Society as one of the leading partners you may find it interesting if you’re making games, involved with youth, education, or interested in where media is heading.

What is it?

TIFF Nexus is an “initiative designed to equip Ontario storytellers with the network, skills and partners they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving digital media landscape“… or put another way, creative people across industries joining to talk about the future and making interesting things.

April 20th’s event is the third instalment and focuses on New Media Literacies – these are the skills needed to navigate, create, and participate in the connected world. You probably use many of them without knowing it but a lot of folks don’t. Scary? An opportunity? We’ll be talking about this and how human-media interactions are changing, particularly around youth and education.

Why should you come?

As game makers, you can’t just be making games anymore – the line between games and other forms of media is blurring.

Film: Uncharted, God of War, and most any AAA title liberally uses cinema techniques to tell story, MGS4 is practically five movies with gameplay intermissions, and it’s no accident Journey is no longer than a feature film.

Music/Sound: Silent Hill wouldn’t be very frightening without Akira Yamaoka’s haunting compositions, Jim Guthrie’s Sword and Sworcery Ballad of the Space Babies soundtrack could be released as an album with no mention of a game at all, and well, Guitar Hero and Rockband used to be something right?

Social Media: In indie, no game succeeds without a social media campaign; it can weave into the story and add to the experience (when done well); and social marketing companies like Zynga have even started making games.

The Internet (of Things): As the machines around us become connected with one another, new gameplay possibilities emerge and when machines take over the world they might be more lenient if us humans amuse them.

The future of games is in the mixing and connecting of different industries. Many smart folks participating in these industries come together at Nexus and hopefully games are nicely represented by you.

I’m Still Here

Tickets are $30 for students (with student ID), $60 for industry (if you make games that’s you), and $99 for the public.

It starts at 1pm and ends in the evening with an open bar mixer and presentation of the experimental creations of the Youth New Media Literacy Jam. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Youth Media Literacy Jam

Canadians @ GDC Photo

Canadians @ GDC 2011

Canadians @ GDC 2011

Hey everyone,

I’m doing another Canadians @ GDC photo this year – it’s nice having a souvenir of that moment in time with great friends in a great place and the birthplace of internet memes.

I won’t know when and where the photo will be until I have a chance to scout Moscone. I will send out one email with all the details so if you want to join us, sign-up to the mailing list.

Follow arrow to mailing list ==> http://eepurl.com/jan-P

Also, feel free to pass this on (or come along with) others, not just Canucks. We do a “world” photo afterwards. Good times.

See you in SF!


Agents! Hand Eye Social Announcement

It is time for another meeting of our Hand Eye Society, the meeting known as The Social. The location will be as usual and as follows:

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Location: The Unit Bar (map)
Time: 7:30pm

It will cover ARGs (alternate reality games) or, as they are more appropriately named, Pervasive Games, and will entail a short presentation, discussion, and demonstration of state of the art field technology. Presenters will be David Fono of Atmosphere Industries, Tony Walsh of Phantom Compass, and myself. Beer will be available as always.

Additionally, a new assignment is available for our Ministry of the Night division – it is an open call across our entire organization. For consideration and further details, click here.

Mark Rabo
Event Operations Squad
Hand Eye Society

Open Call for Indie Games [Gamercamp]

Really excited for games

While not much compares to console-for-Christmas euphoria, we’re still really pumped about showcasing local Toronto games at Gamercamp. If you’re a local dev and are interested in showing your project, we’ve got two ways you can do that.

1) Theatre Demos: demo your game on a theatre screen to the entire Gamercamp audience prior to one of the keynotes. Talk about how you came up with it, the development process, where you see it going, and whatever else.


  • Game must currently be in development
  • Game must be locally made

*Only 5 slots total, date is Saturday, November 13th, 2010*

2) Indie Arcade: show your game at the Indie Arcade along with other Toronto-made games including the Torontron and TOjam creations. It’s an arcade so it’s hands-on and a great way to playtest ongoing or show completed projects.


  • Game must be work on a clean install of Mac or Windows
  • Game must be playable

*~15 slots total, date is Sunday, November 14th, 2010*

If you’re interested in submitting a game, send along these bits:
– Your name
– What you want to be considered for (Theatre Demo, Indie Arcade, or both)
– A description of the game, dev blog links, etc.
– A playable link or screenshots

… to mark@gamercamp.ca and jaime@gamercamp.ca and one of us will get back to you.

And if you have questions, post them up in the comments.

Arcadian Renaissance [video]

Click to link to video

The Arcadian Renaissance exhibit at Nuit Blanche was an amazing success. Hundreds of people came and played, many more watched as games were projected on the wall. The energy was phenomenal. If you missed it, get into your time machine and set the date to October 2nd, 2010 @ 7pm, or if your time machine is in the shop, check out this video.

The Arcadian Renaissance was made possible by our sponsors, the gamemakers, and the volunteer membership of the Hand Eye Society.

Cabinet Retrofitting: Jph Wacheski
Curator and Producer: Jim Munroe
TIFF Bell Lightbox Liason: Nick Pagee
Volunteer Coordination: Jori Baldwin
Media Outreach: Mike Drach
Deployment Officer: Callum Hay
Cabinet Graphic Design: Nadine Lessio
Flyer Graphic Design: Ben Rivers
Proposal Writer: Peter Marshall

Thanks to the folks who donated hardware and space to the project:

Tony Wong and Xtreme Labs
Rick Weiss
Jonathan M. Guberman
Alex Snukal and Interaccess
Marc Reeve-Newson
Adam Blake
Susan Bustos
Tyler Moore
Carol Mark

Thanks to

Joanna Rankin
Shawn McGrath
Miguel Sternberg
Emma Scratch
Paul Laroquod
Mark Rabo
Jaimie Woo
Sara Malabar and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Jim McGinley
Em McGinley
Shane Smith
James King
Andrei Gravelle
Dallas and Bill and the Pinball Exchange

Thanks to Jonah Hundert for ringside announcing and the volunteers at
the event itself:

Leif Conti-Groome
Tyler Moore
Jamie Tucker
Mike Drach
Emma Scratch
Will Perkins
Rene Shible
Chris Yurkovich
Ian-Patrick McAllister
Emily Afran
Rene Shible
Michelangelo Pereira Huezo
Carlos Yusim
Callan Burgess
Jason Spitkoski
Adam Blake
Stephen Kriedemann

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