We’ve just gone through our archives here and it seems like we’ve managed to reach 2009 without mentioning the Artsy Game Incubator. Hmm. Well, rather than lament our foolishness, let us explain that it’s a collaborative game development group for artists and people who want to make games but have no technical skills (or not enough) that uses simple and accessible tools to allow their game concepts to be developed.
Run by the fairly well-known local figure Jim Munroe, it’s spawned several indie games that have received a lot of buzz—such as the wonderful Night of the Cephalopods and the truly lovely, Toronto-set, Snow—and Munroe has now turned his attention to the younger set.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Parkdale Young Writers Group, Munroe will be running a weekly video game development group—modelled on the Artsy Game Incubator—for aspiring developers aged 16–24, starting February 10 and running weekly for six weeks.
And remember—interested parties don’t have to have any programming skills: they just have to be excited about making games, as point-and-click tools will be used. It’s free, and all folks have to do if they’re interested is e-mail Munroe at firstname.lastname@example.org before January 25 and tell him what their favourite game is currently, and why. (Oh, and if you’re older than 24 and are still interested, Munroe let us know he’ll be starting another round of the Artsy Game Incubator soon, so get in touch anyway.)
Finally, if you’re wondering about the development pedigree of Munroe himself, the title image is taken from his award-winning interactive fiction title Everybody Dies (illustrated by Michael Cho). It’s really very, very good, and you can play it online (or download it) on Munroe’s personal website.