The Future of Gaming, the latest show from Echo Park-based iam8bit, opens to the public on Tuesday June 10th from 7:00-11:00 p.m. and will be ongoing until June 22nd. For The Future of Gaming, industry luminaries and renowned artists conceptualize the future of Videogames. The show is free and for all ages!
The exhibit features theories from; David Smith (Co-Founder of Media Molecule), Keiji Inafune (Creator of Mega Man), Kim Swift (Co-Creator of Portal), Jesse Schell (acclaimed author and professor), Kellee Santiago (Co-Founder of That Game Company), Lorne Lanning (creator of the Oddworld series), Meggan Scavio (General Manager of Game Developers Conference), Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), Seamus Blackley (co-designer of the Xbox), Seth Killian (Co-Founder of the EVO Championship Series), Ted Price (co-founder of Insomniac Games), Tim Schafer (Founder of Double Fine Productions) and Warren Spector (Award-Winning Designer and Producer).
Art is created by: Boneface, Eden Soto, Henrik Johansson, Jude Buffum, Kelice Penney, Ken Garduno, Kevin Stanton, Mitch Ansara, Naomi White, Nicole Gustafsson, Teresa Huarte, Timothy J. Reynolds and Travis Chen.
iam8bit co-founder Jon Gibson stated, “The quotes present stunning future possibilities and the artwork brings these possibilities to effervescent life. We are excited to see the theoretical and practical sides of art creation collide. It’s an exciting peek into the future whether you love art, videogames or both.”
- Founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell’s theorized that, “micro-mesh networks will provide a new way of gaming”.
- Co-Creator of Portal, Kim Swift, stated, “Picture the game taking into account the environment it’s being projected on to determine things like level layouts, and those projections interacting with other people’s game projections. I imagine that games will be everywhere around us."
- Creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune: “Games won’t be limited to the digital aspect, they will blend with our lifestyles to the point that you won’t think of them as games. Washing your face and brushing your teeth could be a part of a bigger, grander game world.”
- Tim Schafer, Co-Founder of Double Fine Productions: "In the future, we will play games while floating naked in a tank of warm, sensory-depriving gelatin. Games will be distributed chemically, into the gelatin, and absorbed into the player's skin. The gelatin will be Lingonberry-flavored, and the games will encourage good citizenship."
The Future of Gaming opens on Tuesday June 10th from 7-11 pm and runs until June 22nd at the iam8bit Gallery located in Echo Park at 2147 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.