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Yann Seznec on his TAG visit

Posted by Gina

Last month, TAG welcomed Yann Seznec, Game Designer in Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art Game Lab in Baltimore. Yann is an artist and musician whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games, and building new instruments. At TAG he gave a super short Microtalk, participate in our weekly game night, gave a workshop and much more. He is here to tell you about his experience:

A few weeks ago I had the …


Minecraft: A Scavenger Run on the TAG Server

Posted by michaeliantorno

A few months ago, TAG launched a shiny new Minecraft server curated by Bart Simon and Nic Watson. Entitled Siegert’s Miasma, the server is  designed to emphasize collaboration and experimentation while providing a “critique of the idea of capitalist accumulation at the heart of Minecraft‘s neo-colonial discourse.” It’s modpack is robust enough to facilitate various types of play, so if players aren’t particularly keen on ushering in a simulated anthropocene then they can simply hop …


Hollow Knight and Metroidvania Genre Conventions

Posted by michaeliantorno

I’ve been locked inside lately, for obvious reasons, and one of the games that I’ve been playing to pass the time is Hollow Knight. Released in 2017, Hollow Knight is an acclaimed Metroidvania style videogame developed and published by Team Cherry. In it, you take on the role of a wandering knight who must explore a vast ruined kingdom populated by bizarre insects. Although heavily influenced by Super Metroid, Hollow Knight’s calling cards are its …


Sound &Play – A Talk and Workshop by Yann Seznec

Mar 06, 2020

Posted by Gina

This week TAG is welcoming Yann Seznec, Game Designer in Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art Game Lab in Baltimore. Yann is an artist and musician whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games, and building new instruments.
Friday, March 6th at 1pm, Yann will be giving a talk accompanied by a quick sound workshop at TAG (EV 11.435).
Much of Yann’s work involves building custom instruments such as musical pigsties, slinky …


TAG Residency @ MICA: Workshops, Playtests, and Escape Rooms

Posted by scottbdejong

From February 22nd to 29th I was at the Maryland Institute College of Art Gamelab as an artist in residence. Thanks to a partnership between TAG and MICA’s Game Lab, I was able to spend the week attending talks, sitting in on lectures, exploring game prototypes, sharing my own research and, most importantly, maintaining TAG’s honour by crushing them in some board games. 

Since this was my first time participating in a residency, I was unsure …


TAG MICROTALKS *fresh*

Mar 03, 2020

Posted by Gina

On Tuesday, March 3rd TAG will be hosting another session of MICROTALKS. This time featuring new members, who will be sharing their work in the shape of super fast pecha-kucha style presentations. Join us and get up to date on the research TAG members have been conducting this year. The eight speakers featured in this first session will talk about a wide variety of topics including, but not exclusive to: ethical game design, gender in …