The NYU Game Center is proud to announce its first Film Series. Each month this semester The NYU Game Center will be showing a film which examines one aspect of the culture of games. Each showing will be preceded by an introduction from Charles Pratt, a researcher at the Center, and some will also feature a Q&A session with the creators of the film. The films we’ll be featuring this semester are:
Play! on Feb. 24 – This short film that imagines a not-too-distant future where video games have become indistinguishable from reality. A collaboration between between filmmaker David Kaplan and game designer Eric Zimmerman, this film uses videogames as the metaphor for the very human search for meaning and identity.
Beyond the Game on Mar. 10 – This documentary looks at the culture of high level, high stakes Warcraft III. Following to of the top players, Grubby and Sky, up to and beyond their meeting at the championship match of the World Cyber Games.
GET LAMP on Mar. 31 – A documentary tracing the history of the text adventure, this film examines some the most important moments in the forms development and talks to some of its most influential creators.
I Got Next on Apr. 14th - Our final film takes a look at the Street Fighter scene, and the players who make it one of the most vibrant gaming communities in the US. It follows the resurgence of the fighting game scene after the release of Street Fighter 4 through the eyes of some of its top competitors, including Justin Wong and Mike Ross.
Please join us for each of these incredible films for a wide and in depth looks at the role and impact of games in culture.