Love Games, Game Design and Programming? Here Are Eight Reasons to Come to MozFest 2018
Check out what MozFest — Mozilla’s celebration of the open web, emerging tech, and a healthier internet — has in store for game lovers. Discover new approaches and platforms for game design and coding, unique game experiences, plus a big all-Festival role playing game that’s not to be missed! Here are just a few of our favorites — check the full MozFest schedule for more.
MozFest is on October 26–28, in London. Tickets are on sale now!
1. For the first time ever, we’ll be playing a live action role-playing game at MozFest. In Tracked, created by Ashlyn Sparrow, Rebecca Ricks, and Hang Do Thi Duc, players recreate the flow of data online — and the trade-offs, risks, and rewards that come with it. Tracked is a game of surveillance and evasion, and amassing and exchanging commodities, played across the Festival weekend.
2. In the session “Cryptogame: The Guardians of the Galaxy Use End-to-End Encryption” led by researchers from King’s College, London, teams battle to crack the password that opens a real-world, locked treasure chest. But there’s a catch — teams must devise a coded language for all in-game communication — to secure their strategies, and the prize.
4. Play an open data activist or a corporate data monopolist and try your hand at influencing the data ecosystem in “Play Datopolis: the open data board game,” led Peter Wells of Open Data Institute.
5. Discover “The shocking usefulness of trigonometry for video games on Raspberry Pi — Scratch Edition” and learn how to use trigonometry functions to make elements move realistically in your video game.
6. In the session “Proxy: Using Board Games to Educate Young People About Privacy and Security Measures,” you can play a “hacker” and match your wits and skills against a team of three activists. This game was developed for use with youth in Lebanon by the Social Media Exchange.
7. Check out “Open Source gaming — A Bold New World,” a workshop with NI Raspberry Jam exploring how open source ideas and indie game companies can challenge big developers in today’s dynamic games market.
8. In the session “Farmer’s Gear” help design a web-based farming simulator game that connects players, IRL farmers, and real-world non-governmental aid orgs seeking to alleviate poverty in agricultural communities.
And there’s much, much more — check out our full schedule of sessions and events.