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CRITICAL HIT 2018 Playtest

Aug 09, 2018

Posted by Gina

Critical Hit 2018 is hosted by TAG in collaboration with Indienova – China’s largest indie game portal. TAG’s summer game making programs have been focused on producing innovative experimental games through fast-paced iterative prototyping approaches since 2011. This year’s summer school runs for two weeks with the same spirit of exploration, and wraps up with a public playtest on August 9th, 5-7pm.
You are invited to join us testing this year’s games on the roof terrace …

TAG Profiles: Seyed M Tabatabaei

Posted by michaeliantorno

TAG Profiles is a blog series that explores the work of current TAG scholars. Seyed M Tabatabaei is a second year Master of Design (MDes) at Concordia University who studies virtual reality.

Seyed, the primary focus of your research is virtual reality, but I understand that you have experience in both architecture and animation?
Yes, I actually earned a bachelor degree in architecture and worked as a professional architect before getting into the animation industry. My father …

5a7 – Jurassic Park Movie Night

Jul 26, 2018

Posted by michaeliantorno

On Thursday July 26, we will be hosting a TAG Movie 5à7 featuring the classic summer blockbuster Jurassic Park. Come take in a flick, chat with your TAG friends, and chow down on some free snacks!
In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s …

5a7 – Let’s Play Folk Games

Jul 19, 2018

Posted by Gina

From the time we are children we have a predisposition for playing. Playing with anything, or even nothing. We are drawn to play in many different environments such as the school yard, home, or in the streets with our friends.
During this 5a7 we will explore how games enable connections between people, the environments they inhabit and, if any, the technology they use. We will be playing classic western folk/schoolyard games. We are also excited to …

Critical Hit Returns

Posted by Gina

Critical Hit Parallax 2018
From July 30 to August 12, TAG will be hosting a summer school, Critical Hit Parallax, in collaboration with Indienova – China’s largest indie game portal. In previous years, TAG’s 10-week summer game incubator program, Critical Hit, attracted international attention with its focus on producing innovative experimental games through fast-paced iterative prototyping approaches. Many games from Critical Hit and Critical Hit alumni have gone on to do very well in international festivals such as Indiecade, the …

Claim-Staking in Minecraft

Posted by michaeliantorno

Thursday June 14th marked the launch of TAG’s second Minecraft server, the Ludodrome! Following in the footsteps of the 2013-2016 iteration – which featured a custom modpack created and maintained by Joachim Despland – this version of the The Ludodrome utilizes the publically available FTB Revelation mod pack to provide an absolute deluge of building options for its players.
But before our crafty TAGsters strap on their jetpacks or attempt to discover the art of metallurgy …