We have a new Hand Eye Society program called Game Curious? that starts on October 5th, a week Saturday. It’s a free weekly discussion/play group of the untapped art of videogames for people who don’t necessarily identify as “gamers”.
We’re super-excited about it but we’ve been relatively quiet about it on this channel by design, because the program’s mostly for people who feel outside the existing games community — if you’re following our dispatches you’re probably pretty game-savvy already.
But at this point we thought we’d ask you to take a second to think about one person you know who, when you talk about games, seems interested — despite knowing nothing about them. Who’s… game curious. And we’d like you to forward this along to them and encourage them to find out more and perhaps consider registering here.
You’ll be helping our modest, person-by-person attempt to expand the circle of game enthusiasts and raise the level of game literacy. Thanks much to those who advised us at the planning meeting and the volunteers who handed out hundreds of flyer at Word on the Street, and thanks also to our partners who make it possible: The Academy of the Impossible, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Diaspora Dialogues.
Game Curious? is our 6-week program exploring the untapped art of video games, for people who don’t necessarily identify as “gamers”. If you have game consoles or laptops you can loan to the program, please drop firstname.lastname@example.org a line!
WordPlay, our Festival of Writerly Games, is looking for a few more volunteers to hand out promo postcards at Word on the Street on Sunday September 22nd. Email email@example.com if you can help!
Also, just a couple more days to submit to Gamercamp 2013! Gamercamp Festival Director Jaime Woo writes:
Since 2009, Gamercamp has presented some of the most critically acclaimed developers and their games to Canada’s largest city! We show works from across North America to an engaged, smart audience of enthusiasts, developers, and media—estimated to be over 2,000 this year.
We welcome games from around the world and games can be in demo or completed form!
More details over here.
Image: Game Curious? poster variant by Sagan Yee
Taking place Saturday, Nov. 16th from 12-5pm at the Toronto Reference Library, WordPlay will be a free one-day festival to celebrate the most interesting writerly games. It’ll feature:
- A showcase of local and international videogames and boardgames with a word or strong writing component.
- A panel with game/book cross-media types.
- A bookclub-style in-person discussion with the Chicago-based creators of IGF winner Kentucky Route Zero.
- An interactive fiction-making workshop.
It’s a part of International Games Day at Your Library, and is a partnership between the Hand Eye Society and the Toronto Public Library.
Want to be involved? Here’s what we need at the moment:
- Game suggestions and submissions: have you made (or know of) a great game with a word or strong writing component? Send us a link and tell us why by Sunday August 25th at midnight. No submission fee, local and international games welcome.
- Design work: We’re looking for a volunteer to design the festival identity and promotional postcard. Please send links to previous work you’ve done.
- Promotional help: We need folks to hand out said postcards at the Word on the Street on Sunday September 22. As always, we strive to expose new people to what’s going on in game culture, and word-lovers flock to this event.
For all the above, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, 10 hours of volunteer time gets you voting rights and a Hand Eye Society membership.
More volunteer opps (and exciting reveals!) to come as we get closer to the date.
Do you think the world would be a better place if more people knew what games were capable of expressing? The Hand Eye Society and Impossible Arts are partnering on a new game literacy pilot program that aims to give a deeper understanding of game culture to people that haven’t found a place in Toronto’s game community.
We are having a meeting for volunteers who want to help us get the word out about this program, as our biggest challenge is outreach outside of the existing games community. As usual, if you rack up 10 volunteer hours in a year you become a voting Hand Eye Society member!
Monday, July 29 at 7pm
Academy of the Impossible
231 Wallace Avenue
Please RSVP to email@example.com
(If you don’t have time to help out, but have some ideas as to where to outreach to, feel free to email Sagan.)
What will the program look like? It will be a six week program in the fall where up to 20 participants will meet once a week to play and discuss games of all sorts. Plus, they’ll meet and hear from guests who fill a variety of roles in the culture, from beta tester on console games to designer on indie games, from academics to journalists. Sagan Yee — animator, gamemaker, and co-facilitator of the second Difference Engine Initiative — will be running this pilot, and it will take place in the Junction Triangle’s Academy of the Impossible.
Then you’ve already salivated over the post with the amazing games being showcased at TCAF this weekend. (We still need some volunteers for that, by the way — drop Kaitlin a line to find out more!)
And probably you’ve already RSVPed to the art show opening on Thursday.
But did you know about the crazy star-studded panel happening on Saturday, conveniently close to the Bit Bazaar happenings?
Comics vs Games: Narrative Intersections
Featuring Scott C., Bryan Lee O’Malley, Ben Rivers, Jim Zub, Moderator Miguel Sternberg
Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-2:30pm
@ Bit Bazaar, Bento Miso, 862 Richmond Street West (Queen & Strachan)
A huge component of TCAF 2013 is our one-day, off-site BIT BAZAAR! An exhibition of more than 20 indy game developers and studios, with games, art, and crafts that mix comics, games, and narrative. At the center of the event is this special presentation featuring some of the greatest names in the comics & games crossover! Scott C. (Doublefine, The Art of Brutal Legend), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Benjamin Rivers (Snow, Home), Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Street Fighter HD Remix), and Moderator Miguel Sternberg (They Bleed Pixels) will discuss the intersection between comics and games, how comics and games borrow from each other to tell stories. The participants will talk about their relationships with games, how they borrow and adapt ideas from games and comics into the other. A signing with book sales will follow!
Comics vs Games 2 is a Toronto Comics Arts Festival event sponsored by Bento Miso and co-organized with The Hand Eye Society and Attract Mode.