NOW PLAY THIS
New Wing, Somerset House , WC2R 1LA
Now Play This Highlights
- The Loss Levels, by BAFTA-winning artist and creative technologist Dan Hett, premieres at Now Play This. The game draws on Hett’s experiences after his brother Martyn was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing last May. Players must complete a series of short tasks with a controller, which relate to the situations that arose in the aftermath.
- Roadmap to Peace by Yara El-Sherbini (whose game Operation Brexit at last year’s Now Play This was the most shared on social media across 2017’s London Games Festival) can be played for the first time at Now Play This and features two roads of Scalextric that run parallel and intersect, accurately depicting roads in Israel and Palestine.
- Visitors can contribute towards a Flatgame all about Now Play This; the public are invited to hand draw their own designs, which will become digitised and incorporated by professional designers into this special game over the course of the weekend. Other Flatgames also feature, including Overground by Rosa Carbo-Mascarell, one of the creators of CorbynRun. The game is based on sketches she made of people on her daily two-hour commute from East to West London, so festival goers may even be able to spot themselves in the game.
- Kevan Davis has created a special version of his Wikipedia: The Text Adventure for Now Play This. The game draws live from Wikipedia and invites participants to embark on a journey in the style of a traditional text adventure, asking to “go north”, for example. Players start at London landmarks and can explore at will, or try to find Somerset House, encountering unexpected corners of the city. Players embark on their journey, unbound by time, discovering past, present and future places and spaces across the world.
- Videogamo's Dobotone gets four players to compete at a seemingly traditional console game, while a fifth person takes on the role of the powerful ‘Game Remixer’ on a control box with switches and dials. The ‘Game Remixer’ alters the rules of play in real time, from speed and threats, to the shape of the digital space, and the players’ aim.
- v r 3, created by Pippin Bar, is a museum of digital designs of water, showcasing different types of water that games designers can buy and use in their own games. Each type is exhibited in a small plinth with its creator, date and price, inviting players to ponder the innumerable tiny choices that make up a finished game.
- Ruohong Wu’s Chinese Games takes Ping Pong and Tai Chi and transforms them into intricate, reinterpreted diagrams, each one highlighting a different aspect and allowing visitors to consider the different ways of looking at the experience of play
Werkflow: Sovereign coincides with Now Play This and continues throughout April. Somerset House Studios residents Werkflow will exhibit a free playable demo of new video game Sovereign in the New Wing. Players inhabit the body of a boy in his mid-teens, living between two worlds - a wartorn ‘game world’ and a real-life suburban landscape linked to his inner imagination. Created in collaboration with young people at Somerset House, Sovereign explores the power dynamics of British culture, as teenagers attempt to navigate questions about their position of assumed sovereignty and state of mind.