We like to think that there is no secret to making a good game, no magic bullet that shortcuts the unpredictable trials of testing and balancing and bug fixing and refining. We’re kidding ourselves, though. There is an absolute, guaranteed, three step process for making a good game. It’s this…
This weekend, we’re running a big game to celebrate the opening of the Natural History Museum’s new Treasures gallery. It’s a hunt across London for sites of particular natural history interest, a bit like the Natural History Museum itself distributed across the city – and it’s going to involve some really remarkable places and stories.
You can’t touch a game. You can touch the book containing the rules of a game, you can touch the playing pieces, you can touch the disc or cartridge it comes on, but you cannot touch a game. Games only exist as mental constructs in the minds of the players and the observers. Chess, when you’re not playing it, is a list of rules, a board and some pieces. Only when you engage with those rules and pieces does the game itself come into existence.
For fans hungry for the premiere of Skyfall, Sony has commissioned a new online game to whet their appetites and it’s called the British Intelligence Officers Exam
We’ve just finished a video of Searchlight, which was played at the Hide&Seek Weekender 2012. It’s great to have some video of people playing the game, because it’s hard for photographs to convey how much players run and bend down – and fall over! – in their haste to win.
If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve already noticed that the Hide&Seek website looks different now. We’ve been outgrowing the old site for a while now…
Here at Hide&Seek we’re gradually waking up from our post-Weekender naps: packing away ribbons, sorting through photographs, writing up everything that happened – we’ll have some brilliant photos to share next week.
But while we’ve been sitting around in a daze, all sorts of games events from other groups and designers have been drawing close. Autumn’s looking like a busy time for playing things in London…
Searchlight at the HIde&Seek Weekender 2012 from Hide&Seek on Vimeo. Searchlight came out of one goal: to design an interesting game for Kinect. Working on The Building Is… in Paris left us with a lot of knowledge and ideas about how to integrate technology into real-world physical games, and we wanted to test them out. [...]
The lady opposite me is eating a sandwich from Pret A Manger. She is baffled. “What does ‘absolutely no nasties’ mean?’, she asks her friend, who doesn’t know. Pret’s been around in New York for a good while now, but it still makes no sense at all to most New Yorkers. Pret makes sense if [...]
As the Weekender moves into its final day of talks and presentations, we’re thrilled to be making two announcments. The first is that we have launched an American studio in SoHo, New York, headed up by none other than our very own Margaret Robertson, who becomes Managing Director, Hide&Seek New York. We’re still all a [...]
So here I am at Hide&Seek Directing some Development and I’m excited. I’m on record stating my belief that games can do far more than is currently imagined; and if there’s any studio that’s really taking games to places and people they currently don’t reach, then Hide&Seek are they. Or should I say, us. The Tiny Games project is [...]
Picture by Mike Massaro
For most of the games happening at the Weekender, one of the things that the designers think quite hard about is explanations: what’s the most efficient and interesting way to get players to understand what they’re trying to do? Do they need written instructions? Performers? Rules added slowly over the course of the game? But there’s one game where none of that’s really necessary: George Buckenham’s Punch the Custard.
There’s going to be over thirty-five games in total, which is a lot of games to try to explain in a newsletter or a tweet, so I thought that until the Weekender, I might write a bit about one of the games each day: what it’s like, how you play, who designed it, why we’re so excited to have it as part of the Weekender.
And the best place to start is probably with the biggest game on the Ballroom floor, sat in place throughout the weekend: Viviane Schwarz’s Treasure Maze.