Homemade Games; the art of hobbyist game making

The workshop Homemade Games; The Art of Hobbyist Game Making will be held on the 24th of May.

This workshop is about making games with your hands and tools that are made for us mortals, and not million dollar game companies. We’re going to learn how to use BITSY, a simple software designed for telling stories or to quote the creator: “its RPG Maker, but without the RPG combat”.

The tool is simple enough that you can expect to have a very simple game that tells whatever story you want at the end of the workshop.

The workshop is inspired by queer and alternative game creators and Anna Anthropy’s amazing book “Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form”.

The Facilitator 

Brin Žvan (1998 – he/him) is a game maker and netartist from Slovenia. He holds a MSc in Games from IT University of Copenhagen but in his games he rejects contemporary information technology; he rather explores low-resolution, pixelated, spaces that use too many or too few input buttons.

His latest game, Presenter Slides is a mixture of stock photos, forgotten media and workout sessions. Presenter Slides was nominated for the best student game at the Independent Games Festival.

When Brin is not making games he thinks about the internet and makes websites. When he is not sitting at his computer he likes growing plants or learning new languages.

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