Intro to Game Making

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Tell interactive stories by designing game worlds with artist Jae Lew.

Sign up:

Registration closes September 23.

4 hours total, online // $36, or $20 with any VIVO Producer Membership

**Pay-what-you-can rate available.

Sat Sept 25, 1pm to 5pm

(Pacific Time)  


Prerequisites & minimum requirements:

  • Basic computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard) is required
  • Participants will need an up-to-date web browser which supports HTML5. If your not sure, please update your current browser to the most recent version. You can also email for assistance
  • Participants must bring a one-paragraph description outlining an idea for a game. Participants will use their description as a starting point for exercises undertaken during the workshop. The description can detail the theme of the game, the objective, or other information the could be useful in beginning to create the game
  • To join the workshop, participants must download and install Zoom Client for Meetings, available free here:

Want to build your own role-playing game? Fascinated by video game worlds and characters, and want to try creating them yourself? This beginner workshop starts you on your journey.

You'll be introduced to Bitsy, an open source tool that is easy to grasp and which lets you dive deep into the capacity of computer games as a storytelling medium.

You'll explore:

  • Mapping the geography your world
  • Developing the variables that propel your game's story, such as items collected, character met, obstacles encountered
  • Rendering your idea within the constraints of pixel-art simplicity of the game engine
  • Adding narrative text
  • Specifying events that mark the beginning and end of the game
  • Embedding other media, such as music

And you'll work through these challenges with other participants.

By the end of the workshop, you will output a game in HTML format, which can be played on any web browser.

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Jae Lew is an media artist and filmmaker currently residing in so-called Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories). Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with spirituality, disability, gender and the absurdity of the constructs in which we live under. Jae is the founder of EMO (Experimental Media Outsiders) Collective, an experimental media and analog filmmaking artist collective. They are currently completing a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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