Festival Brings Games to Life

Posted by at 5:05 pm on May 31, 2010

From June 4-6 you won’t be limited to the confines of your living room to play your favorite games. At the Come Out & Play Festival players get the chance to target human “asteroids” in a real-life game of Asteroids and catch falling “bombs” in a live-action remake of the Atari classic Kaboom! Players will track each other in high-tech hide-&-seek games like HALI and Geo Melee. These games break free of TVs and tiny cellphone screens and return the action to the great outdoors. Of course not every game requires high-tech gadgetry. The festival also features new sports like Field Crumpets where players swing giant red plastic bats to whack soccer balls in a fast-paced new sport. They will take to the streets around the Gowanus Canal for a strategic water-gun battle called CounterSquirt.

The festival includes family-friendly fare like the Walt Disney Imagineering’s Unwritten Storybook in which players compete to create the best fairy-tale around a park. Exercise your engineering muscles in The 2010 First Annual Paper Plane Derby. Or plunge into a life-sized maze in Cross My Heart + Hope to Die. Looking for more debauched fun? Play bAR Pong, a mixture of the video game classic Pong and the party game beer pong. Or hunt your friends in Humans vs. Zombies.

The Come Out & Play Festival takes over the Brooklyn Lyceum from June 4-6. Stop by the opening party on Friday night to play a slew of party games and register for games. Spend Saturday and Sunday outdoors exploring Brooklyn and playing.

This year the festival features a pirate radio station run by Nonchalance that will bring an interactive game to the radio waves and keep you updated on the action around the festival. Each year the festival draws hundreds of designers from around the world and thousands of players together for three-days of experimental play.

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