Friday, August 26, 2011

Coming Soon! Gamercamp Jr

©2011 Gamercamp
For anyone who is or knows a kid between the ages of 9 and 13 with an interest in games and game design, you should definitely check out this new, very cool resource (and upcoming event) put together by the awesomely fantastic guys behind Gamercamp. Gamercamp Jr. is a website, a set of downloadable activity kits, as well as an upcoming in-person meet up, all aimed at introducing kids to game design concepts and language. The whole thing springs from Mark Rabo and Jaime Woo's (Gamercamp founders) vision and ongoing efforts to support the local production of more diverse, independent game ideas, designs, distribution, etc. I couldn't be more thrilled (and proud) to see them extending their mandate to kids...so often overlooked in discussions of advancing diversity within cultural production, and yet so unbelievably imaginative and awesome at inventing games and other play opportunities.  

You can check out (and download) the Game Making Kits here.

And here's the (cut+pasted from the official site) info for the Gamercamp Jr Meetup:

On September 10th, 2011, we’re having a local meetup for Gamercamp Jr. at the George Brown School of Design in Toronto where children and their parents/guardians will participate in hands-on activities, hear from professional gamemakers, and create their own games. The event is free and open to children from the ages of 9 – 13 and their parents. (We anticipate adapting future events to a wider age-range!)Grab your ticket starting August 6th, 2011.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not be able to admit children without adult supervision.
Can't wait to see what amazing things emerge out of this initiative. Huge kudos to Mark and Jaime for organizing this and for providing such a uniquely ethical, considered, awesome voice for inclusive game design in all its forms.

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