PLAY16 – Creative Gaming Festival
hosted by the Kunsthaus Hamburg
2. – 6. November 2016
PLAY is the first and only festival, which combines media art, discourse and education with the culture of digital games. It is an event of the Initiative Creative Gaming e.V. of jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e.V. This year, the festival’s headquarter is located at the Kunsthaus Hamburg, where the Play exhibition, the Play Lab and several events take place.
This year’s topic is “Let’s get physical – Game and Body”. Aspects such as gender, sexuality and boundaries between game and body will be highlighted and discussed in workshops, impulses and the exhibition. The games exhibition therefore focuses on gamers in virtual space as well as innovative VR ideas and prototypes that explore where virtual reality stands and show new developments. At the Kunsthaus Hamburg, HTC Vive can help to overcome vertigo during virtual parachute jumps in “Sky Touch” or players can explore fictional and real spaces as British agents in “Unseen Diplomacy”.
The PLAY Lab invites game designers from different areas to develop a game in only a few days. PLAY visitors can watch them and experience how a game is brought to life – beginning with an idea and leading up to the finished game.
Gaming fans can gain insights into game development during several workshops or admire European game developers’ creative power at the Creative Gaming Awards. Entertaining evening events round out the program – the daily PLAY Show with Uke Bosse or the “Stay Forever” Podcast with Christian Schmidt and Gunnar Lott, who discuss live how virtual reality has developed.