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Now in its fourth year, Indiecade East (April 29 - May 1, 2016) returns to the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY), to celebrate and explore the possibilities of video games. Newcomer devs and industry names alike will be attending this festival. The keynote, VR Games: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why, conducted by Richard Marks of Sony Interactive Entertainment, explores the great potential virtual reality headsets have for video games, but also how developers will have to go back to the drawing board for many aspects of game making.
Panels and workshops tackle a wide range of subject matter from analysis of how characters die in games, how to program games using Unity, how games can be more inclusive and how the New York Public Library is looking to promote “gaming literacy” and how schools and libraries can utilize games to create a new type of learning environment.
Indiecade is not just where people come to discuss games though, it is also where you can see games that embrace and defy traditions and excite audiences. Disc Jockey Jockey has players juggling music and DJ’s making sure one fades out into the other at the correct time in order avoid dead air (payolla bribes not included). Crank Tank makes teams of two cooperate to move their tanks with specially designed controllers that are, you guessed it, giant cranks. MASK is a project that aims to take the sleek utilitarian design of phone based VR headsets, and convert them into wearable art installations that explore the nature of identity and interaction. The vector graphics of Asteroids and Tempest return in Vec9, the first new vector based arcade game to be released in 30 years, which puts players in control of a Soviet jet with controls and components from actual military hardware(!). But this is only a small sampling of the genre defying and embracing games available to try out at the show.
Indiecade is a great event that looks back at where games have come from, ahead to the future, and completely off the beaten track to find new ideas.
To learn more, go to: http://www.indiecade.com/east2016
Indiecade EastApril 29 - May 1, 2016
Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35th Ave.New York, NY 11106
(art by Noelle Stevenson)
MoCCA Fest, one of the best conventions for indie comics, returns to New York City this year, now at it’s new venue, the Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Ave, New York, NY), on April 2 - 3, and it’s bringing indie comics fresh faces and old pros with it.
Along with the usual cavalcade of independent artists and publishers, this year’s special guests include:
MoCCA Fest also includes a series of panels and Q&As from the guests of honor and exploring topics like the dangers of being a satirical cartoonist, feminist alt-comic anthology Wimmen’s Comix, and making comics for a younger audience. Leading up to the festival is The Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Week with events at the Society of Illustrators (128 E 63rd St, New York, NY) and throughout NYC.
See our coverage of MoCCA Fest 2015 here:
To learn more, go to: http://www.societyillustrators.org/
MoCCA Festival 2016April 2 - 3, 2016
Ink48 Hotel653 11th Ave.New York, NY 10036
Meeting at the Bohemian National Hall (73rd Street btw. 2nd and 1st Ave), the 2016 Media Summit New York will examine the role that virtual reality and augmented reality will play in the entertainment industry. Over the years, The Media Summit, run by Digital Hollywood's Victor Harwood, has tracked the way digital technology has altered the course of media and charted the way both business models and comsumer consumption of media has radically changed.
With HTC’s Vive, the Oculus Rift, and the Microsoft HoloLens gearing up for their releases, speculators are wondering whether we will see a radical shift in the way we will be consuming entertainment or if this will be the 21st century equivalent of Betamax.
NextVR co-founder DJ Roller, will be giving the keynote speech, offering a five-year projection for how VR and AR will affect the entertainment industry and investors.
Aaron Luber, Head of Partnerships at Google Cardboard will be discussing the New York Times’ recent efforts to use virtual reality as a media tool and how the Google Cardboard device will put it in the hands of the masses while expanding imaginations.
Other panels will look at the funding VR and AR projects. And considering that both the Oculus (priced at $600) and the Vive (priced at $800) are pretty high ticket items for general consumers, this will be a pretty weighty subject both for makers of the technology and those creating content specific to it.
Other panels include how the marketing of AR and VR is expanding and changing; there will be workshops for developing for these new devices, and how other forms of entertainment like music, sports, and TV will be affected by these new tools.
To learn more, go to: http://www.digitalhollywood.com/MediaSummit2016.html
Media Summit New YorkMarch 2 - 3, 2016
Bohemian National Hall73rd Street btw. 2nd and 1st AveNew NY
Five Nights at Freddy's
Toy Fair 2016 is coming to the Jacob Javits Center and in it’s wake is a plethora toys, figures, statuettes, replicas, and more from every major franchise currently on TV, theaters, and the internet, and even a few original products too.
Shortly on the heels of the recently announced sequel, McFarlane Toys has announced a cavalcade of Titanfall figures coming soon. Along with Titanfall, McFarlane Toys also has planned merch and figures for The Walking Dead, Halo, Assassin's Creed, Spawn, the NFL, and the NBA. And if you ever wanted to recreate the sensation of playing a video game or watching a Let’s Play, but you want to do away with the whole computer thing, then McFarlane has the product for you with their new Five Nights at Freddy’s construction set based on the hit series of video games about homicidal animatronic animals.
Bluefin, distributor of Japanese collectibles shows off more from the high quality Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts (say that five times fast) line, with figures of Donatello and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a near perfect recreation of how they looked on the original show.
Continuing the long line of Sailor Moon line of figures is everyone’s favorite evil daughter from the future that enjoys badminton and making creepy advances on her own father, Black Lady.
And to top it all off is the Kids Logic floating Delorean from Back to the Future II, shrunk down to a convenient 1/20th scale from the original car, it’s perfect for your homemade shrine to Robert Zemeckis.
Dark Horse shows off it’s polyresin statues of Korra and Aang from Nickelodeon’s Avatar: Legend of Korra and The Last Airbender series, perfect for letting your guests know that you do not approve of Fire Nation expansionist policy. And if you want to people to know how excited you are about our media-conglomerate enforced nerd mono-culture, there’s a wealth of Game of Thrones products on show including bookends, busts, and statues.
For fans of the RPG/novel series The Witcher, Dark Horse Deluxe is working with developers CD Projekt RED to produce a series of high end statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles featuring the surly sorcerer slaying swordsman Geralt and other characters from the acclaimed video game series.
Looking for a fun toy that isn't based on a popular franchise? Mezzimatic LLC will be showing off their STEM and art themed activity kit, Goblies. Goblies allows you to create throwable, splatable paintballs to create your own Pollock-esque colorscapes.
And for those that prefer to build and construct, VICI Enterprises will be exhibiting their Miclick flexible construction system which originated in Spain but will soon be available in the US.
Making military-grade technology affordable and safe for kids, Nerf is releasing it’s own line of drones, with Recon Cam Drone and Air Defender X Drone Cam Copter with Wi-Fi, allowing users to do real time downloads of the footage taken from the drone. Perfect for the aspiring NSA recruit.
As always, the Toy Fair is woefully press only, but stay tuned to this website for info to come!
To learn more, go to: http://www.toyfairny.com/
Toy Fair 2016
February 13 - 16, 2016
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