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OCTOBER 23RD 5A7 – BOOB JAM PLAYTEST: IN TUNE

  Last month, an intrepid band of game jammers came together for Concordia’s second annual Boob Jam. The Boob Jam, which invites participants to make games that explore and tell stories about female bodies from alternative perspectives, produced a number of thought-provoking entries on a diverse range of topics such as the navigation of physical contact and the […]

OCTOBER 9TH 5A7 – JORDAN OSTERER AND UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

  By now, we’re all familiar with video game strategy guides; surely, either in our childhoods or in the reading we’ve done on early games and game culture, we’ve all run across the idea of the comprehensive game guide. I, for one, used to use them as experiential windows into games that, owning to my […]

KitFox’s Tanya Short on crowd funding

Despite being a new, relatively unknown company, Kitfox Games recently raised almost $180,000 with their Kickstarter pitch for Moon Hunters, far exceeding their modest expectations. Join their Creative Director, Tanya X. Short, this Friday for her first public post-mortem of the campaign, revealing what did and did not go according to plan. WHAT: KitFox and their […]

OCTOBER 2ND 5A7 – COLLECTIVES, UNIONS, AND ALTERNATIVE GAME-MAKING

Join us this Thursday for a guided discussion of the possibilities afforded by cooperatives and unionization in game development! Our intrepid hosts for the evening, Carolyn Jong and Joachim Despland, be discussing the standard IP-based business models and organizational structures that dominate the game industry – from small, privately owned start-up studios to large multinational […]

5a7 – UNDER THE SEA: A WINNING PROJECT!

UNDER THE SEA: A CONDUCTIVE INK CHALLENGE! TAG’s new member Jessica Blanchet and Critical Hit 2014 participants Hamish Lambert and Louis Sciannamblo took on FARNEL’s Conductive Ink Challenge last month and created UNDER THE SEA, an interactive dimensional illustration. Their breathtaking underwater scene won the grand prize! If you are in or around Montreal, you […]

Digra 2014 Report. (skot deeming)

In August, along with many of my TAG compatriots (William Robinson, Pierson Browne, Jason Begy, Jennifer Whitson, Carolyn Jong, Joachim Despland), I travelled to ‘scenic’ Snow Bird Utah for the 2014 edition of the Digital Games Research Association’s (DigRA) annual conference.  While this was my first time attending DigRA, I knew it by reputation, and […]

SEPTEMBER 11TH 5A7 – CRITICAL CONVERSATION SERIES: RIGHT-WING VIDEOGAME EXTREMISM

Greetings, TAGsters! Join us this Thursday, September 11th for the first entry in the Critical Conversation Series. Carolyn Jong and Joachim Despland will be hosting an open discussion about the most recent harassment campaign afflicting the gaming community: the targeting and abuse of so-called “Social Justice Warriors” in game culture. Whether or not you’ve been following […]