“I have good news for you!” – Telling Positive News Through Games

Back in the times, everything was better! Contrary to the felt trend that the world is coming to an end, a lot of good things happen, such as higher life […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 16:00-18:00 Uhr

(Building) Game Controllers as Live Art

Photo: Margaux Weiß (edited)

Amtliche Helden

amtliche helden
Mad About Pandas / BA (GER, 2018) Take a seat! Become manager of the federal office for labour and build your own labour agency. As a “federal hero” you can […]

ART GAMES – An International Game Jam Network meets PLAY Festival

Feat. Christina Chrysanthopoulou (Athen) and Wellington Fattori (São Paulo) as well as Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann (Maschinen-Mensch) and Lisa Mayerhöfer (Goethe-Institut) Mexico City,  ...

Artist Talk: Alineaire

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  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 16:30-17:30 Uhr

Artist Talk: OddNina

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Artist Talk: Sabine Harrer

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Artist Talk: Wolf Lang

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Baba Is You

baba is you
Arvi Teikari (FIN, 2018) Baba Is You is a puzzle game where the rules you have to follow are present as physical objects in the game world. By manipulating the […]

Can’t Drive This

cant drive this
Pixel Maniacs (GER, 2016) One player drives WHILE the other builds the racing track. Spoiler alert: The car explodes if you go too slow! Originally created in just 72 hours […]

Character Design

How do characters from the future look like? Which skills and characteristics do they have in order to change the world? At the Character Design station, you can create your […]

Character Design: Game Characters of Tomorrow

Which heroines and heroes are needed for tomorrow’s computer games? What traits and abilities do they have to have to save our world? And above all: What do they look […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Creative Gaming Award Show

Again, the awarding ceremony on Saturday is the celebratory ending to the festival. By then, the jury had had several days to play the nominees and talk to the developers […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 20:00-21:30 Uhr

Creative Gaming Camp

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Design Game Environments

Here, you create the game world of the future. Where do the characters live, which objects and people surround them? You work on collages and with the help of the […]

Epistory – Typing Chronicles

Fishing Cactus (BEL, 2016) Epistory immerses you in an atmospheric action/adventure game that tells the story of a writer lacking inspiration who asks her muse to help write her latest […]

From the Beginning of Work and the City of the Future – a World of Play

Vector illustration of the navigation map with gps icons
Cities and especially their centers are built around the idea of work. Let’s assume it’s ending soon. How will the cityscape be changed by our new acts? After a short […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Fuir la guerre

fuir la guerre
Alineaire (FRA, 2015) “Fuir la guerre” or “Fleeing war” is a diptycal game. The experience is a solo asymmetric platform game in which two families have to flee the war  ...

Further Education: Games into the School

Approaches to literary and creative work with video games in class This course discusses how games can be used in school. Instead of using them as a tool to measure […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Further Education: With Creative Gaming to a Better World

After a short introduction to the basics of media pedagogy, the relevance of games in pedagogy will be discussed. How can digital games be used? What are the creative ways […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Game Changer. Groundbreaker Art

Foto: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hanna Lenz
Change the world while playing: Looking back becomes a vision of the future. The history of art is also a history of game changer, innovations and seminal reforms. How do […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 12:00-13:30 Uhr

Game Changer. Groundbreaker Art (for professional audience)

Foto: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hanna Lenz
Change the world while playing: Looking back becomes a vision of the future. The history of art is also a history of game changer, innovations and seminal reforms. How do […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 12:00-13:30 Uhr

Game Changer. Groundbreaker Art (no registration required!)

Foto: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hanna Lenz
Change the world while playing: Looking back becomes a vision of the future. The history of art is also a history of game changer, innovations and seminal reforms. How do […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 10:00-11:30 Uhr

Game Design


Get Bad News

get bad news
DROG (NLD, 2018) Take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep […]

Höme Improvisation

home improv
The Stork Burnt Down (USA, 2016) Höme Improvisation is a furniture-building simulator that lets you decorate an entire house. The only catch: none of the furniture comes with instructions!  ...

Imagine Earth

imagine earth
Serious Brothers (GER, 2014) Imagine Earth is a build up strategy game, a planet simulation and climate survival thriller. Your job as a space colony manager is to explore and […]

Impulse: About the (Im)possible Representation of Sexism in Video Games

Bild: Assemble Entertainment
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 15:00-16:00 Uhr

Impulse: Play and the End of a World.

It is not easy not to feel despair in these times. We live on a dying planet, we vote for politicians who encourage division and further agendas of inequality. We […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 15:00-16:00 Uhr

Insert Moin Podcast Sofa

Insert Moin – probably the most daily video game podcast in the world – has been broadcasting a new episode about video games and game culture every day since 2010. […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 09:00-19:00 Uhr
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Interactive Storytelling: Rewrite the Future

According to this year’s topic “Ready Game Change – Create a New Tomorrow”, this workshop is about “speculative fiction”. Participants become authors of interactive  ...
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Let’s Play, seriously!

Let’s Plays have become a very popular form of entertainment, with which Let’s Players like Gronkh, Paluten or GermanLetsPlay can reach millions of people. The commented game  ...
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Level Design: Playfully Travel to Tanzania

In the game app “Kawaida’s Journey” you have to master numerous challenges by jump and run and at the same time explore Tanzania. The serious game was developed participatively  ...
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Live Random Play

  • Friday, 02.11.2018 20:00-22:00 Uhr

Machinima Cinema

Let’s mix “machine”, “animation” and “cinema” and get “machinima”! In our little cinema, guests of PLAY18 can relax and watch the newest and  ...
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Micro Game Factory

micro game factory
Papertronics (FRA, 2016) Back from the 80’s and further, Micro Game Factory allows you to design games in the likes of Game & Watch, the handheld video games based on […]

Minetest Hero Theatre

Use “Minetest”, the open source version of “Minecraft”, to invent an unjust world and play heroes on the digital stage to defeat the injustice! In this workshop you learn  ...
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Not Tonight

Panic Barn (GBR, 2018) What would happen, if you as a EU-citizen suddenly become a foreigner? ++Person of European Heritage #112: Welcome to Relocation Block B, your new home. Your […]

Oddly Assorted

oddly assorted
Ramona Meier, Malika Widmayer, Daria Varfolomeeva, Marian Brinkmann (GER, 2018) As the owner of a single story house you cannot cope with the ever increasing taxes anymore and you try […]

Opening and Vernissage

Grand opening of the eleventh PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival. Live art by the FUNDUS THEATER, greetings by the partners of the festival and a PLAY18 preview given by the […]
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Daniel Linssen (AUS, 2016) Planetarium is a planet generator with creatures and secrets. Type in a name and press enter to visit that planet. Change the temperature, shoot things in […]

PLAY Couch: Play with Emotions: How Games Encourage Empathy

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PLAY Couch: Ready Game Change – Change the World with Games

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Puppet Fever

Coastalbyte Games (SWE, 2018) Act like a freak, play with your friends and discover the magic of the virtual puppet theater! While the VR-player controls the puppets, the audience can […]

Radical Game Design with Bitsy

RGD with bitsy
Note: This workshop is held in English and German!
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 16:00-18:00 Uhr

re:PLAY and re:ACT – Strategies of Play in the Productions of Rimini Protokoll

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Remembrance Culture in Video Games

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RIOT – Civil Unrest

Leonard Menchiari (ITA, 2017) RIOT – Civil Unrest is a real-time riot simulator that places the player right in the heart of some of the world’s most fractious clashes. What […]

Speakers’ Corner

In the Speakers’ Corner at PLAY18 everyone will be heard! We are looking for your ideas, projects and topics around the digital gaming culture. You have something to tell and […]
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What kind of stories do you want to tell in digital games? Here, these stories can be written and later programmed into textadventures with the open source software “Twine”. This […]

The Incredible Playable Show

An interactive comedy show where the audience is invited on-stage to play video games with unusual physical items! Zap each other with barcode scanners, dance around in WiFi-connected power  ...
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 13:00-14:00 Uhr

The Incredible Playable Show

An interactive comedy show where the audience is invited on-stage to play video games with unusual physical items! Zap each other with barcode scanners, dance around in WiFi-connected power  ...
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 10:00-11:00 Uhr

Thinkers’ Corner

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TinkerBib – Making with Games

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Tomorrowland: Game Design with Bloxels

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Tooth and Tail

tooth and tail
Pocketwatch Games (USA, 2017) Winter is coming – and food is rare. The animals seem to have a dispute over it – Lead the revolution with an army of bold […]

Utopia Game Jam – Fifty Years of ’68 Protests

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Cosmografik / ARTE (FRA, 2018) In this turn-based infiltration game, players need to sneak past police, cameras and dogs to successfully paint their latest work. As a tribute to street-art, […]

We Become What We Behold

we become what we behold
Nicky Case (USA, 2016) A game about news cycles, vicious cycles, infinite cycles. Point your camera, shoot, and change the world with your news. ncase.itch.io/wbwwb

What Would God Play? Games and Religion (Workshop is Canceled!)

What would God play? An interesting question that is impossible to answer – but we can try nonetheless. After a crash course about the charged interrelation between God, religion, and […]
  • Friday, 02.11.2018 16:00-18:00 Uhr

What‘s that Noise? – A Glimpse into the World of Foley

Doing Foley (aka recreating sounds to picture) is an incredible source of sonic inspiration, a great means to sharpen ones ears & perception and an excellent way to spice up […]
  • Saturday, 03.11.2018 13:00-15:00 Uhr