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Fancy Videogame Party

Friday February 21, 2014
8pm to 12am
Weston Family Learning Centre
Art Gallery of Ontario
$15 Public | $12 AGO Members
19+ (ID required)

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Ready to see the AGO transformed into a multi-story playground? For its fifth birthday, Toronto video-game arts organization The Hand Eye Society is teaming up with the AGO and London's game-party roughhousers The Wild Rumpus. Together they will bring you the very best multi-player, party and physical video games from around the world for one night only. Part arcade, part club night, part art gallery... part something you've never seen before.  The event will run in conjunction with artist-in-residence Jim Munroe’s video-game culture installation in the AGO's Community Gallery.

Founded in Toronto in 2009, The Hand Eye Society is a video-game arts organization that helps people make games, connects game makers with each other and with audiences offline and fosters diversity in game creation and public perception of games. Recent projects include Comics VS Games, the TORONTRON Indie Arcade Cabinets, the Difference Engine Initiative and a variety of member-powered exhibitions and educational programs.

The Wild Rumpus brings together the best of indie mutli-player video games for the most unique events of crazy, exuberant, social and sometimes physical gameplay. Their lineups turn conventional video-game culture on its head. Closer in spirit to party, playground or even drinking games, these are all games that you can’t play at home on your own. The Wild Rumpus offers a chance to experience some of the most fantastically eclectic and creative video games that most people never even knew existed.

New to video-game arts? There's a workshop for that: Discovering Digital Games, beginning in February.

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