See Your Game-Inspired Art Displayed At Gamescom And Broadcast To The World

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See Your Game-Inspired Art Displayed At Gamescom And Broadcast To The World

Last year we tried something a little different at Gamescom. Straight after the PlayStation conference we ushered five of the greatest minds in modern gaming (including Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, development legend Mark Cerny and thatgamecompany’s Kellee Santiago) into a room and let them chew over what they thought gaming would look like in 2021. The resulting hour-and-a-bit offered some fascinating discussion.

Duly, we’re doing it again this year, only this time the panel will be chiming in on the ‘Games as Art’ debate. Are games art? What defines an ‘art game’? What drives development of titles like Journey and The Unfinished Swan? To field these topics, we have another stellar panel of experts lined up:

  • Shuhei Yoshida, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios
  • Ian Dallas, Co-founder and Creative Director, Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan)
  • Kellee Santiago, former Co-founder, thatgamecompany
  • Alex Evans, Co-founder, Media Molecule
  • Adam Volker, Moonbot Studio (Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler)
  • … and a special guest working on a currently unannounced project!

This time we want to get YOU involved too. As well as being fun to play, games are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. So we want you guys to send us any art you’ve created that was inspired by or based on a videogame. It can be any still visual medium you like: a painting, photograph, sketch, digital image, anything!

Send them in by 12:00 midday (UK time) on 1st August and we’ll pick the best 25. These will then be shared with our six panellists for 2012 who will vote on their ten favourites.

These ten will then be professionally mounted on canvas and displayed in a gallery at this year’s panel event in Cologne, Germany, which will be live-streamed to the world. Once the session is over, our panellists will sign the artwork and return it to you to cherish forever.

So that’s your artwork displayed to the world, and signed by half a dozen of the leading lights in videogames. Not bad, eh?

To enter, send us your art to along with 60 words or less on what inspired you to create the piece. Please send your artwork in the highest resolution possible, as we want these canvases to be pretty massive!

Be sure to check the terms and conditions here (or here if you’re in Australia and here if you’re in New Zealand) before entering.

We’ll look forward to seeing your work.

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  • I think it’s a real shame this doesn’t include gaming video submissions. Some are immensely artistic and could be played on a tv screen in the gallery. Considering video games are not a static medium, I’m disappointed video wasn’t included.

  • I don’t consider Journey an art game at all (and I can’t even call it much of a game. A game has to entertain me and I found it extremely unentertaining) but I would certainly say LittleBigPlanet is. Way I see it an ‘art game’ should allow me to express my own creativity and imagination with the wide selection of tools provided and also see what others have created and inspire each other to produce even better and more inventive and beautiful creations and LBP does that better than any other game on the market.

  • I tried to send You one of my works but it bounced back with the error message.
    Technical details of permanent failure:
    DNS Error: Domain name not found

  • Keep getting delivery notification failure when trying to send the email. Can one of the mods help on this matter?

  • Thanks Fred.

  • Will you be talking about Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified for PSVita at the show? I sure hope so!

    • Lips are sealed I’m afraid. You’ll just have to tune in on the day to see what we’ve got in store. Sorry!

  • I wouldn’t be surprised to see Media Molecules next game at gamescom, on the other hand, you might be waiting until the Karting and Vita game have been released.

  • No thanks eurogamer expo sucks.Gamescom expo sucks. If its a japan game expo im there as tokyo game expo shows games before they arrive to euro 2 years later lol. PS3 was out 1 year in tokyo before usa & euro got there hands on it same goes PS4/Orbis will be out in japan 1 year before anywhere else so i say import it from japan easy. Like Tekken Tag 2 already out since september 2011 in japan we get it september 2012 get my point everyone

  • I’m so in, really love the concept for the contest! I should be coming to Gamescom, so looking forward to the panel as well.

  • Wait, Netherlands is not listed under countries, but Finland is. I’m a Finnish citizen but I live in the Netherlands, can I enter?

  • I live in France, can i enter this?

  • I’ve just tried multiple times to submit my entry and I keep getting error messages.

  • How many pieces of art can one submit?

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