September 26th, 2006

The 2006 Come Out & Play Festival has come out and gone.  Scott and I are home safely in wonderfully-unpaved upstate New York.  We have acquired t-shirts.

What can be said of the festival?  Unfortunately, not too much.  Friday night we skipped the opening hoopla for an absolutely amazing dance/music performance inspired, so it would seem, by area/code‘s own Kevin Slavin.  Frank Lantz did say there was a nice turn out, complete with a lively game of Identity, though not the afore-promised dancing bear.

Saturday things got started off slow, with a late morning at Eyebeam, followed by a frantic dart to Pier 40 and The Good Life, where area/code was running Crossroads–a game that involves GPS tracking, Boost Mobile cell phones, and trying desperately not to get hit by oncoming traffic.  Scott, who was one of area/code’s interns this summer, had worked on the game’s interface, which made it particularly exciting to play.  That and the fact that it rocked.

Besides all that… I know there was a panel on Big Games scheduled for Saturday night.  Plus, word on the street was that snagu and and Cruel 2 B Kind were both really fun.  We, however, had to head home, impressions of a cool yet haphazardly executed event dancing through our heads like those crazy sugar plum fairies.

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4 Responses to “We Came, We Outed, We Played”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Sounds like its a bit shy of the woodstock of games, but maybe next year there’ll be more drug use.

    It sounds like a hell of a time, and perhaps a potent cultural event, I’d like to see someone do a documentary on it in the future.

  2. Bonnie Says:

    I'd like to see someone do a documentary on it in the future.
    Before that happens, I think it needs to get more… together. You can see my flickr pics of a big empty room. At times, that’s kind of how things felt.

  3. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    To be fair, those pics were taken minutes after the place opened on Saturday morning. There are rumors that things got lively later. Pictures, even. -sj

  4. Bonnie Says:

    That’s totally true. But you were there Saturday morning. Things felt… sparse.

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