Now Play This | Games Festival
It’s a good thing nobody has a monopoly on games set across London.
Because it means that we can look forward to events like this month’s London Games Festival – and specifically, the events going on at Somerset House for their own micro-festival, Now Play This.
This year will be their biggest edition yet, and it’ll see the latest releases from independent games makers come together across the former mansion’s palatial rooms and courtyard. The creatives behind it aren’t just game designers, though – you can expect thought-provoking installations from poets, writers and contemporary artists, too, many of whom will be running exclusive workshops over the opening weekend.
Head down there in early April, and you’ll find the likes of:
- An immersive karaoke installation set in a trashy 80’s booth, where the lyrics are subtly replaced with similar-sounding words;
- The ‘Octopad’ – a set of eight cooperative game controllers hooked up to Zelda, Tetris and Mario Kart;
- A one-player video game called ‘Florence’, in which you help the protagonist on a journey of ‘blossoming romance and self-discovery’ by moving house and shaking polaroids;
- A giant reaction-speed test on a neon-lit table;
- A new indie game based on 90s internet culture, from instant messengers to virtual pets;
- A virtual interactive forest where everyone plays a deer and can only communicate through movement; aand
- A huge labyrinth set up in the front courtyard.
It’s the kind of thing you can really lose yourself in.
NOTE: Now Play This runs at Somerset House from 6th – 14th April. Tickets cost £8 – you can book, and find out more, HERE.
Main image credit: Robert Bye/Unsplash
Now Play This | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
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