I’m excited about Gamercamp starting today. It’s a giant indie video games festival here in Toronto, running from Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday Nov. 3. It’s so big, that this year it is taking up all the floors of Hotel Ocho, located just north of Queen Street on Spadina.
From the intimate Salon Series of lectures from people in the games biz, to Friday’s all-day summit conferences, to the rollicking arcade and demo areas… there is lots to do and see for anyone even remotely interested in the indie games business, heavily influenced by the classic video games that came before. You can even get a taste of next-gen with some time on the Playstation 4.
Things that go around, come around, and in the art and sensibilities of today’s independent video games one can definitely trace a line back to classics like Williams’s Defender and Konami/Stern’s Tutankham. At Gamercamp, you can see where it all has led. Hope to see you there too.
My thanks again to everyone who came out for the TDE 15th Anniversary/Re-launch Party. It was a tonne of fun and there was a lot of retro game goodness. Here’s a few pics of the night:
Pitfall on the Mattel Intellivision
Playing Pac-Man on the Atari VCS/2600
We’ll be having another contest on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!
Coming across the pond from London, England is Game On 2.0, an interactive exhibition featuring the history of video games. Starting tomorrow, it will run at the Ontario Science Centre here in Toronto until Sept. 2.
The exhibit contains over 150 playable games from across 60 years of amusement gaming history. Along with featuring a section of early video game standard-bearers such as PONG and Space Invaders, Game On also studies important game and system entries by genre, as well as taking a look at the creative process and marketing side of gaming. A look into the possible future of video games rounds out the exhibit.
This will be the first appearance of this exhibit in Canada, and looks to be a can’t-miss proposition for aficionados of video game history, as well as for gamers in general. Look for a more detailed review of the show from TDE in the coming days.
Ontario Science Centre Game On page: