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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
We’ll look forward to seeing your work.