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Now Play This at Somerset House

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SEEN is excited to learn that from April 7th – 9th, Somerset House will host Now Play This, a three-day celebration of games and game design, showcasing exciting new games being made around the UK and further afield. There will be over 40 game varieties to play on site over the weekend, ranging from board games to computer and video, multiplayer installations and outdoor activities. The event coincides with a city-wide games initiative.

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Some of the highlights include: A mini-golf course on Somerset House’s River Terrace; James Medd’s ‘Awkward Arcade’, a real-life experimental video arcade; A recreation of street-artist Aïda Gomez’s ‘Joy is Here’ installation, a giant communal word search covering the walls of an entire room; and an interactive ping-pong table that creates a unique work of art each time a game is played. It all sounds great fun and educational too. There will be additional microtalks on Friday April 7th covering a range of topics, from modern game design to the games from the past, always a powerful focus for nostalgia.

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There will also be a month-long exhibition, Game Changers: Another Way to Play, examining innovations in game design from traditional forms of chess, mazes and billiards, through to contemporary games being made today. Each room will include playable examples for visitors to try. SEEN recommends.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

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