Indiecade, the International Festival of Independent Games is heading to the east coast for the first time, the east coast of America of course, not England for those few people inexplicably confused there. If you do happen to be lucky enough to live over near New York, or just happen to be on holiday there you really should head over to the Museum of Moving Image between the 15th and 17th of February for Indiecade East.
There’s a crap load of independently developed games for you to try, 27 in fact from the submissions to the Indiecade 2012 festival.
From March 3rd, the Museum is hosting ‘Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off!’ that commemorates the 50 years of video games by hosting activities such as a game design challenge, and an arcade tournament.
If you can get your ass there then you really should. If you’re still on the fence, then try reading the full press release below.
IndieCade East Will Showcase 20 Indie Games, Workshops, Game Jam
Museum of the Moving Image in New York City to Host Festival, Feb. 15 -17
IndieCade East will offer gamers of all ages the chance to try 27 top games from independent developers as well as the upcoming Oculus Rift, attend workshops and panels, participate in an arcade tournament as well as watch game creation happen live.
Special guests include Kris Piotrowski (creator of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) and Doug Wilson (Johann Sebastien Joust).
Children can also learn what its like to make a game in “The Game-Making Game,” a workshop for ages 8 and older.
Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off, an exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of video games, will be on view through March 3.
- Night Games, a Saturday evening of game play over two floors of the Museum
- A New York-centric game design challenge: students and faculty from NYU Game Center and Parsons The New School for Design will face-off in a real-time competition to design a video game in one hour
- Game Slam, in which game makers present their works and an ongoing festival Show and Tell, inviting attendees to share their own games and to receive feedback
- A 10-game arcade tournament
- A festival-long game jam, in which invited participants work day-and-night to build a game, culminating in a presentation of the completed games
“Since its inception 25 years ago, the Museum has embraced video games as part of our mission,” explained Carl Goodman, Executive Director of the Museum. “Hosting the nation’s most significant independent game festival is a natural next step.”
IndieCade East is being sponsored by Adobe, Sony Playstation, Parsons The New School for Design, NYU Game Center, Entertainment Technology Center – Carnegie Mellon University, Ouya, The Bohle Company, ITP: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Sifteo, Tumblr, Turtle Beach, Gamer Media Partners, and Kill Screen.
All events take place at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106.
Festival passes are available for the full weekend or for each day or evening session. Museum members, students (ages 13+ with valid ID), and senior citizens receive a discount. Access for children 3–12 will be included with regular Museum admission ($6). Silver Screen members receive free admission. Full festival pass: $80 public / $60 students, seniors, Museum members. Friday afternoon pass (4 p.m. onwards): $15 public / $10 students, seniors, Museum members. Day pass for Saturday, February 16 (not including Night Games) or Sunday, February 17: $30 public / $20 students, seniors, Museum members. Saturday evening pass: $12 public / $9 students, seniors, Museum members.