Now Play This 2017 is over! It ran from 7-9 April, and we’ve collected a few pictures (taken by Ben Peter Catchpole) above – click through the gallery to see them, or pop over to our Facebook gallery to see a larger selection.
You can also read about how other visitors found the experience, and catch up on their pictures, with:
- Emilie Reed’s overview “Now Play This 2017“
- Zuraida Buter’s collection of tiny videos
- “13 games that will change the way you think about gaming“, by Jordan Erica Webber at the Guardian
- “Now Play This is a showcase of surprising gaming delights“, by Kate Gray at Kotaku
- Blog posts describing the event from Matthew Tyler-Jones, Verity Virtue and Jackson Tegu
And don’t forget that until 7 May, you can still visit Game Changers: Another Way to Play, an exhibition looking at billiards, chess, mazes and their evolution over time. (We’ll write a little more about Game Changers next week…)
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As part of King’s College London’s Arts and Humanities Festival, we’ve created One Easy Step, an installation running in the Quad from 10-21 October.
We’ve created a series of patterns on the ground designed to invite playful interactions, following a period of playtesting and observation over the summer. And within these patterns, we’ve placed five mirrored plinths, each one gently glowing and with a purpose-designed game that passers-by are invited to play. Perhaps they’ll need to solve a maze; perhaps they’ll be invited to ask a question about the future, or race to spot particular objects in the world around them.
Alongside the installation, we’re currently working on a report into public play based on interviews and our observations, which will be published later in October.
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From 22 to 25 September, we ran the Scientific Village Fete at New Scientist Live, a four-day festival of ideas and discovery.
Our corner of the festival invited passers-by to play traditional village-fete-style games – but with an astronomical twist.
In the Planet Shy, people threw balls coconut-shy style – but their aim was to knock down a scale model of the Solar System.
In The Two-Body Problem, a classic demonstration of how gravity works became a head-to-head challenge, as groups of players rolled
marbles planets into orbit.
In Space on Earth, a co-operative game created by Saffron Parker, players put their hands into simulated spacesuit gloves and had to try to screw on nuts and bolts and tie ropes together.
And in game-show-style So Wrong It’s Right, performers drew the crowds before challenging players to go head-to-head against the quirks of their own brain, with a challenge that used the Stroop Effect to turn something quite simple (say seven random words) into a real challenge.
The games drew thousands of players over four days – including real live astronaut Al Worden, shown playing here with Sumit Paul-Choudhury, the festival director (and editor-in-chief of New Scientist).
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