Crittical Hit Parallax is hosted by TAG 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, IGF, Japan Media Arts Festival. As such, Critical Hit is now synonymous with innovative and experimental game creation, and both past and future participants benefit from this reputation as game makers, artists, students, and researchers.
Critical Hit Parallax borrows from the previous model but in a condensed 2 week form, foregrounding the same spirit of exploration with regards to alt/indie/experimental making. Teachers and mentors will be recruited from the game industry in Montreal and TAG/Milieux Research Centre graduate students. The participating international students will be introduced to research-creation culture in Canada, potential graduate studies at Concordia University, and the rich game development ecosystem of Montreal.
Critical Hit Parallax runs from July 30 to August 12, 2018.
Technoculture Art and Games (TAG) Resource Centre
TAG is an interdisciplinary collaboration platform for research/creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art. Based at Concordia University in Montreal, TAG brings together scholars, artists, designers, engineers and students from across faculties and disciplines. Participants are from a variety of universities, the game development industry and community based groups. www.tag.hexagram.ca
indienova.com is an indie game portal for both players and developers. We are providing indie game related information and services to a large amount of Chinese players and developers. It’s a platform that encourages all independent game developers to promote and sell their amazing games in an official way.
Milieux is an ambitious institute for research-creation working at the intersection of design, art, culture and technology. It is a platform for progressive imagining, critical thinking, creative experimenting and interdisciplinary training. Above all, it is a site of innovation, where thinking and making come together to transform our encounter with technology. https://milieux.concordia.ca/
Concordia University, located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montreal, Quebec, is one of Canada’s most innovative and diverse, comprehensive universities. http://www.concordia.ca/