GAMMA 4 EVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTREAL, November 24, 2009– Between December 1st 2009 and January 31st 2010, Montreal’s Kokoromi collective challenges game makers to create innovative, experimental new games played with just one button.

Gestural controls, multi-touch surfaces, musical instruments, voice recognition—even brain control. Games are moving beyond the iconic hand-held controller, and into the future. But is the secret to good games found in high-tech interface hardware? Kokoromi proposes that game developers can still find beauty in absolute simplicity. On March 10th, Gamma 4 will unveil a collection of brand-new games that use JUST ONE BUTTON. Game creators around the world now have from December 1st 2009, until January 31st 2010 at midnight Pacific time to complete and submit their single-input creations. Full submission rules and guidelines are available at the official Gamma 4 web page, http://www.kokoromi.org/gamma4.

Kokoromi’s Gamma has become one of the game industry’s most anticipated events, presenting game creators with theme-based challenges that push the boundaries of game design, and showcasing the results in a unique public play format. 2010 marks Gamma’s move to San Francisco and the Game Developers Conference. Taking place on Wednesday March 10th, the event bridges the end of the Independent Games Summit and the start of the main Conference. The playable games will be revealed at the Mezzanine, a venue housed in a historic two-story warehouse near Mint Plaza, in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. The curated games will be featured on large projections, and accompanied by live DJs.

Game developers, media, and industry luminaries from around the world, will join the general public to view and play the Gamma 4 games—offering unprecedented exposure for the selected game makers. Following the opening event, all the games will be playable in a dedicated booth on the GDC Expo floor. Game creators who are selected for presentation at Gamma 4 will also be awarded free GDC All-Access passes.

Gamma is part of Kokoromi’s mandate to inspire and present diverse, experimental game content to a wide public audience. In doing so, they are part of a larger international movement that recognizes games as a unique artistic form.

GAMMA 4 will take place on March 10th at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street @ Mint), San Francisco. For more information visit www.kokoromi.org/gamma4.

About Kokoromi

Kokoromi is an experimental game collective formed by a rare union of gamemakers and theorists to promote games as an art form and expressive medium worldwide. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Kokoromi produces and curates events, develops games, and hosts a blog at www.kokoromi.org.

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For more information about Kokoromi or GAMMA 4, contact Cindy Poremba at cloo@kokoromi.org.


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