11th annual Experimental Gameplay Sessions reveals GDC 2013 line-up

With less than two weeks remaining before the  Game Developers Conference 2013 , show organizers are detailing its special workshop dubbed "Experimental Gameplay Sessions," which returns to GDC for its 11th year.

This  jam-packed, two-hour session  -- which takes place Friday, March 29 at 2:30pm in Room 2014 of the San Francisco Moscone Center's West Hall -- will showcase an eclectic mix of unusual game prototypes that defy convention and explore new ideas and genres.

With this year's EGS curated and organized by leading creators Robin Hunicke ( Journey), Richard Lemarchand ( Uncharted franchise) & Daniel Benmergui ( Storyteller), it's an exciting opportunity for presenters and attendees alike to explore some brand new territory in game design.

In fact, a number of 'experimental' titles that debuted in previous years have gone on to become some of the most well regarded in the industry. Some of these standout games include  flOw, Braid, Portal, World of Goo and  Today I Die.

This year, the session aims to recapture that innovative spirit, with over 20 titles from some of the industry's most creative developers.

Highlights include  Katamari Damacy developer Keita Takahashi and  Hohokum developer Ricky Haggett's new project, Tenya Wanya TeensPassage developer Jason Rohrer's MMO burglary and home defense game,  The Castle Doctrine; and Indie Funded, post-apocalyptic puzzle-platformer  Mushroom 11 by Itay Keren.

The event includes even more puzzle/platformer hybrids, with the fiendish  6180 the moon by Sun Park and Jongmin Jerome Baek, the landscape-shifting puzzler  Perspective by Pohung Chen and Jason Meisel, and the 4D puzzle-platforming game  Miegakure by Marc Ten Bosch.

Vertex Dispenser developer Michael Brough will show there's a lot of fun and experiments to be had with multiplayer games, demoing  Glitch Tank, Kompendium, O, and more. Kaho Abe has a pair of multiplayer physical games: the hard-hat-tapping  Hit Me and photo booth arcade game  Ninja Shadow Warrior.

In addition to the above games, the rest of the lineup includes the following games from leading indies and breakout new notables, some of them being showcased for the first time in public:

Mexican Kitchen Workers by Brenda Romero

Searchlight by Margaret Robertson, Adnan Agha

Plus Gun by Kevin Cancienne

Starseed Pilgrim by Alexander Martin

Kachina by Ben Esposito

Versu by Richard Evans, Emily Short

SpaceTeam by Henry Smith

Soundodger by Michael Molinari (Bean)

Memory of a Broken Dimension by XRA/Ezra Hanson-White

Architecture Games by Eric Zimmerman

Since limited information on many of these titles is available online, the best way to see what's on offer is to check out the Experimental Gameplay Sessions in person. The session will be open to All Access and Main Conference pass holders and will take place from 2:30pm to 4:30pm PT on March 29.

GDC still offers over  $100 discounts to select pass purchases  made by March 20th, at 11:59pm EST, with prices increasing for onsite registration. GDC 2013 itself will take place March 25-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

For more information about previous Experimental Gameplay Sessions events, visit the independently run  Experimental Gameplay website .

The original announcement is here:  http://www.gdconf.com/news/11th_annual_experimental_gamep.html



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