We at Hide&Seek are thrilled to announce our very first game for next year. Early next year, in fact. Very, very early next year.
On 1 January 2012, Hide&Seek will be running The New Year Games, an amazing afternoon-long game across Edinburgh’s Old Town, as part of the annual Hogmanay celebrations.
Hinterland – a game that turns into a poem, or a game about cities and language, or possibly a poem that you play – was a modest success, I think. We had 227 players in total, of whom 72 made it past Canto 1, and nine hardy, wonderful players made it all the way to the top of Calton Hill and the conclusion of Canto 4.
Hinterland – a poem that you play – ran for two weeks at the Edinburgh festival. Over four cantos, players would seek out strangers meeting particular criteria (which varied per canto), and get them to help answer a questionnaire. Then, players would phone the Operator, and hand over their answers. The Operator wasn’t a human being, though: it was a piece of software. I wanted to write a little about the technical design behind the game: how we wrote a game for telephones, and the design considerations that went into it.