Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers
|Shadowplay, by Greg Trefry & Gigantic Mechanic|
In 2006, over 1,000 players, ranging in age from 10 to "don't ask," gathered in New York for the inaugural Come Out & Play festival. Competitors roamed the city, playing Space Invaders projected on buildings in Chelsea, putting rounds of mini-golf in Tompkins Square, and evading zombies in Chinatown. The following year, Come Out & Play went to Amsterdam.
It wasn't until 2011 that the festival finally arrived in the city voted most likely to transform itself into a giant living game board. It went very well, as you can imagine. So this year, Come Out & Play lasts a full month.
The standing exhibition includes a laser maze that you must navigate to steal works of art from the Hearst Collection; a replica of a living room filled with strange and unusual boards games by local designers; and a dry-erase board standing between you and a devastating insect infestation. On opening night (Nov. 17), players are thrust onto city streets to play games ranging from Wanted, an SMS-driven game of cops-and-robbers based on historical cowgirls, to Shadowplay, a large-scale vertical street game using your own silhouette. The festival culminates in a play weekend Dec. 1-2, but don't wait; as Roald Dahl said, "Life is more fun if you play games."
Come Out & Play begins Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), S.F. Admission is free.
Below is a video of the videogame Frogger played out in real life. We're squeeing already.