Last Friday’s Toronto Long Winter was pretty awesome, and for proof check the vid. DJ Finish Him rocked the Pianocade keytar style. There were hundreds of folks out for the multi-stage, multi-disciplinary artsplosion, which included They Bleed Pixels splattered big on the wall, and Dyad tunnelling through it. Many of the indie music kids were game-curious but unfamiliar with indie games, and luckily we had an army of volunteers to help them out: much thanks to Cody, Jevi, Patrick, Giancarlo, Kaitlin, Kelsi, and Yasin for being great game ambassadors.
Hand Eye member and Gamercamp publicity lead Emily Claire Afan writes:
We’re giving HES blog subscribers a 15% discount! When they go www.gamercamp.ca to buy tickets, they can enter the code: “handeye”
We’d totally love to see some HES members out at our Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney screenings. We have two, one early on Halloween night (7 p.m.) so people still have time to go out and party after, and the second screening closes out Gamercamp on Nov. 4
We’re also super excited about our speaker line-up, which includes international Dean Hall (DayZ) in his North American exclusive talk, Mary DeMarle (Deus Ex: Human Revolution), Pat Redding (Ubisoft Toronto) and familiar Hand Eye friends Kenneth Yeung (Super TIME Force), Shawn McGrath (Dyad) and Jon Mak (Sound Shapes).
Remember the Comics vs Games project last spring where we teamed up indie comic artists and game makers to create a bunch of small games? Well Gamasutra has written a great in-depth article on the project including interviews with the participants:
“Steve Manale admits he is not much of a “game guy.” He owns a Wii, and somewhere he might still have an old Gamecube he managed to spill paint on. He works with lines all day, but they’re filled with colors, not code.
I’m co-coordinating the AMC’s game and simulation design track, Imagining Better Futures Through Play. It will be all about using play and rule sets to understand why many existing systems aren’t working, and to model and experiment with alternatives. It’s the first time that the concept of play as a tool for social change will be explored as a full track, and I’m so proud of the content we’ll have this year. Check out the sessions here.
There will also be the Drop-in Playpen, an ongoing showcase of a wide selection of videogames and tabletop games, along with a 3D simulation of Detroit. We’re stoked to be presenting games by the likes of Anna Anthropy, Molleindustria, Toronto’s own Damian Sommer and more!
There are two huge ways you can get involved and support Imagining Better Futures:
1. Register for the Allied Media Conference (June 28 – July 1, Detroit) and participate in Imagining Better Futures Through Play! Presentations are only one part of the equation. We need your voices, your ideas, and your energy. There are lots of other tracks as well, such as Research Justice and Webmaking.
2. If you want free conference registration, consider volunteering for a 3-hour shift in the Drop-In Playpen. Your tasks will include welcoming people to the space, showing people how to play games, troubleshooting technical issues, and participating in multiplayer games. Sign up here.
3. Forward this info to anyone you think might be interested in the intersection of games and activism.