Playful ’09

Playful 09 was great.

Playful 09

I really enjoyed Playful 08 so was delighted to be asked back. Last year I demoed my Rock Band MIDI guitar hack. This year, rather than extend my P5 Glove project into another MIDI instrument, I decided to set myself the challenge of talking about games and films. This was perhaps a little foolish, as I know only a little bit about games and barely anything about films. However, the audience were mercifully forgiving of my ill-prepared nonsense and laughed in all the right places.

In case you missed it, here are my slides, complete with dodgy audio recording of the talk.

Thankfully for all concerned, the rest of the day was much better. Here’s some of what happened:

Playful 09 Leila at Playful Robin Burkinshaw talks about Alice and Kev Daniel Soltis at Playful James Bridle's MENACE Rex Crowle at Playful

A great day with lots to take home and think about. Thanks to Toby Barnes and everyone else at Pixel-Lab for making Playful happen.

More people who have written about it: Suw Charman-Anderson, Leila Johnston, Howard Pull, Adam Davis, Lawrence Chiles, Libby Davy, Daniel Soltis, Priyanka Kanse, Melinda Seckington and more, plus the official record: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

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  1. Re: Your talk
    I don’t know if you’ve come across Crank, a film written to look like a game, and not based on particular game that I can work out (although the references are easy enough to spot).
    It’s a pretty awful film btw

    Comment by pristyles — November 1, 2009 #

  2. Thanks for sharing!

    I kinda disagree with you. I think there’s a lot of potential in making films from good computer games and vice versa. I’m sure that there’s a game within Big Lebowski it’s just that translating good gameplay narrative to pure film narrative is hard work. But as soon as we learn how to do it – it can work.

    Meanwhile – we have my pet focus at the moment, which is Machinima. There’s just some great stuff going on with this medium in combining films and games.

    I’m sure you’ll love this!

    Top FPS – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWuS9L_jctg

    Hope you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Linn — November 1, 2009 #

  3. Wasn’t Tron the original game/film crossover? Mind you it was so long ago I can’t remember if anyone ever made a Tron game (early computing days!)

    Comment by London Wedding Photographer — November 3, 2009 #

  4. Apparently the arcade game based on Tron (and released in the same year) made more money then the film.

    Comment by Roo — November 3, 2009 #

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