"Now Play This is a showcase of surprising gaming delights"
Now Play This is a festival of experimental game design running at Somerset House in London each Spring, showcasing interactive and playful work as part of the London Games Festival.
The development of our 2020 programme was led by our Guest Director, Marie Foulston, looking at games that relate to a theme of ‘Breaking Point’ – games are the aesthetic forms of systems, and we were looking at works that break or subvert them in interesting and creative ways. Everything from small scale remixes you can sit with, to new and exciting installations that get people playing together.
"The popular weekender brings the best of experimental game design from around the globe"
Due to the rapidly shifting climate regarding the coronavirus pandemic. we made the decision to postpone the 2020 Now Play This festival. Instead, we worked to produce an online edition of Now Play This that captured that unique feeling of liveness as much as possible. Now Play This at Home ran from April 3rd to 5th, and featured live talks, digital field trips and workshops, as well as a selection of works from the 2020 IRL festival that could be translated for an online audience.