Despite the mysterious absence of the mighty Torontron, Gamercamp last weekend was a fantastic success. Andrew and I kicked things off with a short demo of Guerrilla Gardening and were followed by several hours of local indie hotness in the form of short demos and longer talks. Everything was caught on tape so videos of our demo should be up online soon. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the organizers: Mark Rabo and Jaime Woo take a well earned break before getting that stuff up online.
After the disappointing corporateness of this years Vortex Competition, Gamercamp was breath of fresh air, putting the artistry of games front and centre. I can't wait to see how it grows and matures over the next few years. I may get my wish of a Toronto equivalent to Culver city's Indiecade yet.
The event's been well covered on local blogs, here's a little round up:
- BlogTO - I'm totally flashing the crowd gang signs in their photo.
- Toronto Thumbs - Wisely choose to show an image from Guerrilla Gardening instead of our ugly mugs.
- A Couple of Gamers - Kindly described me as "looking like a hot indie dj" rather then "wild haired and unkempt, eyes filled with madness".
The Toronto indie game events for this month aren't over yet! The next Hand Eye Society Social is this Thursday (Nov. 26). It's open to the general public as always and hosted this time by musical shooter artisan Jonathan Mak of Queasy Games.
Photo courtesy of the talented Ryan Couldrey.