Welcome to the program of A MAZE. / Berlin 2022 - 11th International Games and Playful Media Festival. This festival edition is online from May 13-16 and on May 17 onsite at Silent Green and Panke. 4.5 days of hand selected sessions for everyone who loves an inclusive, respectful and meaningful future for games, playful media and their creators. You can follow our festival program live in the A MAZE. / SPACE and on our Festival Discord. Get your tickets here.

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Saturday, May 14 • 17:00 - 17:30
Ambient Play Systems (In and Outside of Games)

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We often talk about games as systems that respond to our choices and decision-making. But what happens when we roll the dice, watch two AIs fight, or pray adamantly that the DVD logo will hit the corner of the screen? Aren't we playing? Aren't there rules involved even when we have no control over our outcomes?

In this talk Flan highlights many types of "ambient" play as they appear in the world and in video games, offer some lenses for understanding, question why we don't often talk about this type of engagement on its own terms, and dig into the deeper meaning of luck and skill.

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Flan Falacci

Flan Fallaci (they/them) is an experimental game designer in NYC. They make games independently and professionally, work with their collective Big Bag, and teach Unity at Parsons/The New School. Flan has also been a community organizer for games events in NYC through Babycastles and... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2022 17:00 - 17:30 CEST
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