Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Experimental gaming

I have always been into weird Japanese games (Vib Ribbon, Mosquito, Katamari Damacy...).
Now there is finally happening something also outside the console world.

PC-developers have created various computer vision solutions like the MBM project and Perttu Hämäläinen (animaatiokone.net) but otherwise (outside Japan) experimentations seen to happen in academic settings.

A few picks:

really innovative, stylish (kinda iPod I think), funny and simple realization of the idea. Supports the current must-have idea of "users as innovators".

>> http://tiletoy.org/media/videos/word.mov

Another somewhat interesting site is
>> http://www.experimentalgameplay.com/

Also: http://egl.gatech.edu/ does academic experimentations.

The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California
>> http://crca.ucsd.edu/sheldon/expgamelab/

And certainly indie games have (at least in principle) possibilities to experiment without financial limitations.

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