A Toronto Writer Preaches a Wordier Future for Video Games

Christine Love. Photo by Paul Hillier.

Christine Love. Photo by Paul Hillier.

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • 12 p.m.

Toronto writer Christine Love never expected to find success making video games—particularly text-heavy visual novels about women, queerness, and technology. But she surprised everyone, including herself, when her games—Digital: A Love Story; don’t take it personally, babe, it just ain’t your story; Analogue: A Hate Story, and its expansion, Hate Plus—found an audience eager for storytelling experiences radically different from those in the latest editions of Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, or Grand Theft Auto.

Love will share some of her insights into writing and game creation at WordPlay, a free one-day festival celebrating games and interactive experiences that put text and narrative front and centre, held in partnership with The Hand Eye Society. There, she’ll lead a workshop for beginners on the art of creating interactive fiction with Twine, which lets authors weave interactive stories using a simple user interface, and then render their creations as websites that anyone can browse and play.

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Matt Braunger Live at Comedy Bar

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Matt Braunger is a comic on the rise, and, lucky for us, he’s coming to Toronto for a one-night, two-show gig. Known for his 2012 Comedy Central special Shovel Fighter and his appearances on TV shows like MADtv and Chelsea Lately, Braunger will be headlining at Comedy Bar. On the bill with him are a number of local acts, including Luke Gordon Field (8 p.m.), Rhiannon Archer (10:30 p.m.), and Torontoist‘s own Kai Benson (8 p.m.).

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Grand Analog at Wrongbar

  • Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West)
  • 11 p.m.

The local hip-hop collective Grand Analog will be putting on a night of hip-hop, soul, and Afrobeat. The team will be supporting its latest effort, Modern Thunder, which is another collection of the genre-mixing grooves it’s become known for. Check out the video for the track “Howl Likes Wolves” above.

CORRECTION: November 14, 2013, 2:10 PM This post originally said, incorrectly, that Grand Analog is from Germany. In fact, the collective is Toronto based.

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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