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Video Games: Independent Developers

29.10.2010 12:00h

Place: Medialab-Prado · Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 Madrid

Medialab-Prado hosts this session about some of the most independent videogame projects, presented by Jonatan Söderström aka Jonatan Cactus (Sweden) and Douglas Wilson (Denmark), within the context of the "Internet and New Technologies create New Professions" lecture series, organized by Fundación Telefónica. [live streaming]

 

In this session some of the most independent videogames will be presentd by international developers and researchers. A perfect lecture for programmers, hardcore gamers, heavy users, bloggers, specialized journalists, and all those interested on getting to know more about video games last tendencies.

Jonatan Söderström aka Jonatan Cactus talks about his experiences in independent game development, shows some of the more obscure games that tries to break free from the old fashioned view the general public has of what games can be, and expresses hopes and wishes for the future direction of the video game industry.

On the other hand, Douglas Wilson presents an indie party game that he has co-designed, Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.), as a case study to raise certain questions about the nature of digitally-mediated play and games. He argues that intentionally silly, broken, or otherwise “incomplete” game systems can help nurture a distinctly self-motivated and collaborative form of play. First, he frames B.U.T.T.O.N. in context of analogous trends in digital media. Second, he situates B.U.T.T.O.N. in terms of Henning Eichberg’s concept of the “impossible game.” In drawing our attention not just to players, but also to the relationships between them, Eichberg offers us provocative clues on what it might mean to design for togetherness.

Curator: Lara Sánchez Coterón, researcher in Artistic and Contemporary Cultura Practices with video games. In Medialab-Prado her project Homeward Journeys, with Amaya Jiménez, was selected to be developed during the Helloworld! workshop (October-December 2009).

 

Organizer: Fundación Telefónica

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