It was the fourth annual edition of a game jam which have started in Paris as a French national game jam where different artists and game developers gathered altogether to prototype weird projects and experimental stuffs in game.
This event has given an opportunity to different kind of creators to collaborate on very unique game projects. Between 8 to 12 a year, among them some get good visibility and had a long life few years after the event (e.g. Type Rider, Generations). Every year we try to add or modify something in the whole event, it can be the theme, the constraints or the way the event is organized on the weekend or even the material we provide to the participants.
In 2013, we chose to let the 70 participants think up new ways to interact with game re-using controllers and designing acts of performance. "Think art, Use controllers, Make a game, Play with us!" was the claim of the event.
And amongst all facilities we provide to set up the best creative framework for the participants, the first moment of an ongoing chain of enthusiasm about the Artgame Weekend is made by the venue where the jam took place at L'Imaginarium @La Plaine Images in Tourcoing. The former textile manufactory was rebuilt to an inspiring, modern work space with an amazing area to work, enjoy and to display projects.