It seems like video game conferences are sprouting up in every city these days. From E3 in LA to PAX East in Boston, there are tons of expos highlighting the newest, biggest, and shiniest games that dev teams have taken painstaking years to perfect.
But this year Philadelphia has tossed it’s hat into the game conference arena with something a little bit different. Instead of featuring the latest and greatest games of the upcoming year, the Grassroots Games Conference will be all about celebrating the little guys who think games can be art and can be used for so much more.
Put together by Philly Game Lab, the Grassroots Game Conference will be held all over the city from April 23rd to the 29th. Tickets to the events range from Free to $20 depending on the event.
All of the events held on April 23rd, 28th, and 29th will be completely free, but you will have a chance to make a donation to the fantastic charity Child’s Play. They bring video games into hospitals so that they can enrich the lives of the many children being treated there.
If you have any interest in video games or are just looking for a good time, you should definitely have a look below and check out some of the fantastic events lined up for the week.
MONDAY April 23rd
Panel on Games as Art, with representatives of the NEA, Smithsonian and others at CIty Hall, with refreshments beforehand. FREE
Presentation on Spaces for Game Creation and Exhibition, by Sarah Brin of Glitch Lab in Los Angeles, followed by a Panel on Games as part of Artists’ Creative Practice. FREE
TUESDAY April 24th
Games and Gamification for Non-Profits: A day of events specifically focused on how non-profits can use Games and Gamification to achieve their goals. We have some great presenters coming in from all over, including Gabe Zichermann, who’s the leading guy in gamification. $20
WEDNESDAY April 27th
IGDA will be holding a showcase event presenting the work of local developers.
FRIDAY April 27th
Unity Lunch Party. A bunch of local developers will be demonstrating Unity, the small team game developers’ software of choice, on multiple workstations at WHYY. FREE
Collision of Music and Games: Dain Saint of Cipher Prime and Youngmoo Kim of Drexel, will be presenting their ideas on music as a part of gameplay. FREE
Remember to RSVP so you can reserve your place.