©2011 Cassie Creighton, screenshot from Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure
The story of Cassie, age 5, and Ryan, age 33, a daughter-father team who participated in this month's Toronto Indie Game Jam (TOJam) 2011 -- where they made the incredible, hilarious and adorable Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure -- has made its way all over the internets this week, and for good reason. Theirs is a great example of how game design can provide families with an amazing and above all unique forum for collaborative and creative play. Now, Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure by no means an amateur production - Ryan Henson Creighton is president of Untold Entertainment and an experienced game developer, and his daughter, Cassie, looks to be something of an expert when it comes to magical equidae and is by all accounts a seasoned gamer in her own right. Nonetheless, a very inspiring example, and one that is becoming increasingly accessible (a.k.a. possible to emulate) through UGC game platforms, events like TOJam and other developments that are opening up game design to kids and parents of all skill levels.
If you missed some of the news coverage this week (here, here and here for instance), you can read more about it on the Untold Entertainment blog. Or, you know, just play the game yourself on the Untold Ent. wesite. It's even listed on JayisGames, how cool is that?!!!