Play in the DARK!!

A tagging game that explores temporal memory, and exploits the balance of collaboration and competition. The action takes place at night. Your first strategic move is the clothing you wear. Players, wearing Flashing LED badges will compete to see who can steal the most badges from other players. However, the prize you seek may be your down fall. You will have to be clever to succeed.

Game Designers

Pollie Barden

Pollie is an artist, activist and game designer who has designed games from the mobile platform to the urban landscape. She has designed games that have been run in festivals and played around the globe. She has worked with Gamelab, Institute of Play and Quest2Learn. She co-founded and co-designed snagu, photo scavenger hunt game that was a 2006 mtvU Digital Incubator Award winner. For the Institute of Play, she was game design mentor for their annual mobileQuest summer game design camp for tweens.  Pollie games span from just for fun to serious with a particular interest in inclusive games for people with disabilities. Pollie has a masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Media and Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) where her research focuses on the integration of gameplay and telematic technology to connect people across distance spaces. See her work at pabadesigns.com

Chloe Varelidi

Chloe is the co-founder of AthensPlaython. She loves designing urban games, mobile games, online games and learning games. When not playing in Athens Plaython, Chloe works at the Mozilla Foundation. Previously she was the Design & Learning Lead at Peer to Peer University, and before that the Creative Director of the game design studio MissionLab within the innovative school Quest to Learn, at the Institute of Play. Chloe likes super heroes and making her own ice-cream.

Technology Collaborators

Andrew McPherson

PCB board design and coding consultant
Andrew is an electrical engineer and a composer by training, and my research interests lie at the boundaries between music composition and performance, analog and digital hardware design, digital signal processing and human-computer interaction. Currently, he is lecturer in digital media in Media & Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London, UK. More info…

Cassim Ladha & Karim Ladha

Hardware and packaging consultant

Cassim and Karim provide software and hardware support for researchers at Culture Lab, Digital Interaction Group at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Cassim Ladha website

Karim Ladha website

Rachel Clarke

Sewing Hardware Support

Rachel’s research is a design-led enquiry into digital artefacts and transition. She has been working on collaborative participatory arts and design methods to inform the development of interactive technologies. She is based at Culture Lab, Digital Interaction Group at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK. more info…

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