Tue 8 May 2018 19:45-22:45 at Pervasive Media Studio


Welcome to IGLAB, the Interesting Games Lab! Brought to us by our friends at Free Ice-cream. Come along and play.

Hosted by

Simon Johnson

I’m a game designer specialised in enabling people to play in real, social spaces. I design to amaze, activate and promote understanding. I am a co-director at Free Ice Cream, where we make complex subjects playable.

IGLAB is a place to test and play games - games that are played in the real world rather than via a console or screen, games that are social, definitely fun, and possibly a little bit absurd. It's a testing ground for those who have a game idea they want to try out on people, and it's also a place for people who want to play new games.

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Want to play games? Please arrive at the Pervasive Media Studio at 18:45. Some games will be played outside, some will be played inside. They can be sedate or high-octane so come in warm clothes and shoes you can move in.

We'll be playing until about 21:45 and you are welcome to bring drinks in from the Café/Bar.

Want to bring a game? If you want to try out a game on a bunch of enthusiastic people who will give you feedback IGLAB is the place to do it. Simply email us and tell us your idea and we'll see if we can programme it.

For this series we're looking for game submissions that explore any of these three themes:

Whose Rules? A feminist approach to play,

What Lies Beneath: What games tell us about the rules of the city,

Seventh Sense: Games that give you superpowers.

You absolutely don't have to be an established game designer - as long as you've got a good idea, we want to hear about it.

Hope to see you on the night - let the games begin!

IGLAB is supported by Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England

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