Ahead of London Games Festival 2019, we are catching up with the people organising the wide variety of events that make up the Festival Fringe.
Small Island Games co-founders Ceri Williams (below, far left) and James Morgan (below, left) discuss Craft of Games, the first ever video game exhibition taking place at the William Morris Gallery. That’s running up until Sunday, 15 September and can be visited between 10am and 5pm, aside from Mondays.
Tell us a bit about your event.
After being inspired to start development of our game – Haiku Adventure – following a trip to the William Morris Gallery, Small Island Games have teamed up with the gallery to display the game’s development alongside the original Japanese woodblock prints which have informed its design. As the Gallery’s first ever video game exhibition we have staged the display to be accessible to all visitors with the hope that it will open some minds about the medium of video games.
Also on show will be video clips of five games that we think will spark the imagination and demonstrate the amazing variety of games being made by independent developers today.
Who is this event for?
This event is for everyone with an interest in design and craft whether of not they would consider themselves to be a game aficionado.
Why should people come along?
This display is a unique chance to see original prints by ukiyo-e woodblock artists Hokusai and Hiroshige displayed alongside a videogame which they have inspired. The display offers a glimpse into the world of independent development and reveals some compelling similarities between the production of videogames and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
Why were you keen to be involved in London Games Festival?
The London Games Festival does an amazing job of getting games in front of the whole of London. We love how the Festival connects developers directly with their audience through a huge variety of great events and continues to push the medium forward each year.
What games do you enjoy?
We love games that take an original reference point and develop a compelling and beautiful game experience around it. Even with most of these still in early development the five games shown in the exhibition are shaping up to be some of our favourites! In Other Waters, Strawberry Thief, Astrologaster, Over the Alps and Before I Forget.
Haiku Adventure started on Tuesday, 26 February and is running until Sunday, 15 September 2019 at William Morris Gallery between 10am and 5pm – but it is not open on Mondays. More information can be found right here