The noodle was soon over me, it was though I was ripping out the guts of a giant puppet and being helped by an army of hipsters and college students. "TL;DR [the shape of the internet (Orgy)]" by
Theo Triantafyllidis was its real name. To me it was the long hot dog. As others and I pulled this giant "hot dog" or "worm" the screen in the middle of the festival generated strange imagery in tandem with strange sounds, like digital cats being drowned. Weird morph suite people directed it some times, their appearance with it was unsettling.
The meaning, if there was meaning, is a immersive free-play idea. Have a bunch of people play with the 40-foot noodle and have sensors in it generate strange imagery and sound, the more people touch and play with it. Where to put it at your party? I don't know, however I'll go to your party to play it again.
What may have made the night complete and the grand finale was Penis Pant, the much anticipated game from this sites focus on the festival. It was as dumb as it was wondrous as lasers shot out of a Penis while Ke$ha's "Die Young" played in the background. This magical penis came from Jeremy Bailey, a presenter in his own right, that made me at least think about why the Wii U doesn't have a penis game. As his on screen penis fluctuated in a rainbow of color it painted the screen behind him and shot lasers wildly. The only thing you could do was laugh and look in awe. Watch the experience above.
Drinking jalapeno water wasn't the only retreat into food games. An entire section this year had a plethora of bad ideas on fun food games. Though many were fun to watch -"Schnapp Die Wurst" by Isla Hansen was but a sausage held up by rope -we wouldn't consider them playable or imaginative. We saw no real game play for the wurst game other than those trying to bite a bit of sausage out of the air. There's more complicated rules on-line, no evidence of those rules were enforced at the festival.
Above me were board games, such as "Will I Get Measles at Disneyland" with other fun titles. Many players gave a chance to the take on "Orthogonal/Diagnol" based on a Asian variant of chess with the weird and disgusting looking "Junk." The board game area had a steady flow of gamer gathering around to strange concepts on par with the video game section
IndieCade alumni were in attendance with the VR stylings of "Classroom Aqautica" and "The Meadow." One has you stealing answers for a test from dolphins, the other has you hugging in virtual reality. They were joined by "Bad Blood, " a hide-and-seek two-player game where it's kill or be killed.
Many of the games were concepts that made no sense or just weren't worth the time to set-up."Vietnam Romance" happened on stage, whatever it was, an art piece or a game, it was odd to see a young woman cut off the head of a fake deer.
"First Person Shooter" was a poorly design paired of glasses that have you seeing a first-person view of a gun in your hand. "Hylics," was everything wrong with older PC games. Creepy look in Hylics, just not worthy of play.
Passes, if judging the games, and I am, go to "Pin Pon" and "Sneaky Cactus." When I want a bunch of dildos and just a whole lot of crap to fling on screen I'll play Pin Pon. Sneaky Cactus tricked people into touching cactus plants as controllers, creator Nick Crockett, you're a bastard we like.
For an argument and heated fun play "Super Tap-Out Saga. What I thought was a fight brewing was just a game-pad you could move and are instructed to move all over the play for your advantage while tapping the screen on your enemies face. The two players of the games got into fun battles in awkward potions.
The cinema experience look as entertaining as...well nothing so it was skipped.
That DJ, Phork, sucked.He looked sad he was there. Upon learning he was even a professional DJ while researching this article just leaves questions.
UCLA Games Art Festival comes but once whenever Eddo Stern wants it to and when he does it's a night to explore strange concepts and a group experience. You can judge them hardly, you can see that many are just some quick ideas made for fun. You can just enjoy seeing a CGI penis shoot lasers.
Let's have another one next year! No waiting for 2017!
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