Every Saturday from September 13 to October 18, the Digital Innovation Hub at Toronto Reference Library and The Hand Eye Society are hosting a unique program called Game Curious - a mash up between a book club and video games for artists, educators, parents and gamers and non-gamers alike.
Taking place at the Reference Library's Browsery on the main floor, each two-hour program lets participants play a variety of PC and console games in the first hour and in the second hour, the group discusses the mechanics, history, and creators of the games they just played.
“We want to encourage people to get beyond game stereotypes and play and discuss the games themselves,” says Jim Munroe from the Hand Eye Society. “There’s an incredible array of creative expression happening in the medium that people are missing out on.” Munroe recently completed a stint as the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first-ever videogame Artist in Residence.
Each Game Curious program has a theme. Weeks 1 to 3 looked at: Games Set in Toronto; Life, Love & Relationships; and Artistic & Experimental Games.
Upcoming themes are:
* Sat. Oct. 4 - Games in Education, Activism and Politics
* Sat. Oct. 11 - Making Games
* Sat. Oct. 18 - Community of Play
Following the six-week program, up to 10 participants will be selected to take part in a six-part weekly video game incubation workshop at the Digital Innovation Hub. Industry experts will teach participants how to develop their own game. Details on how to register will be shared at the Weeks 4 to 6 programs.
If you're an avid video game fan, be sure to check out the books and other resources that the library has about the subject.
We hope to see you at an upcoming Game Curious program!