Monster Lab

Play18-Creative Gaming Festival Hamburg

The Monster Lab is the temporary PLAY19 Game Design studio for everyone! Six stations let you do everything monster-related.

Location

Dates

  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Offered for

Program

PLAY on Stage

Play17 Creative Gaming Festival

From roundtables like the Artist Talks or the Insert Moin Podcast Sofa to interactive show programs – PLAY provides a stage for discussions, games, and, of course, lots of fun.

Excursions

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Established institutions of Hamburgs gaming scene open their doors to let you give you an exclusive look into the creative spectrum of professions revolving around video games. This year you can visit InnoGames and Tivola, among others, and experience game development first hand.

InnoGames is a developer and publisher. Here, visitors can learn about the fascination of browser games and how one idea can become an enterprise. Game Designers will offer unique insights in their work and answer questions about the studio’s action, strategy, online and role playing games.

Tivola is a developer of serious games, focusing on family-friendly games and apps.

Meeting point is Friday (November 15) at the Festival HQ at 12.30pm. Places for both excursions are limited to 20 persons. You can only register for the excursions at the festival counter. Participants also require a ticket for public transport.

Location

Dates

  • Friday, 15.11.2019 12:30-16:30 Uhr

Offered for

Program

Impulses

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Impulses are entertaining talks by speakers from diverse backgrounds. They shift your view onto new aspects of games culture and encourage personal exchanges.

PLAY Exhibition

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Since the beginning of time, the unknown and fearful is formed into something. From the symbolic black nothing of a frightening Night, we imagined the wildest fantastic figures: Monsters, representing the fears and sorrows of their generations, which tell their own stories, sometimes even stories of whole worlds. Thunder-gods and moral-driven mystic creatures, cute japanese ghosts, plague-vampires and rotten societies in the picture of Dorian Gray, the white shark, Skynet and nano-bees. Monsters are imaginations – but who decides their form or what or who a monster actually is?

In the exhibition you can control or defeat creative monsters, meet funny ones and strange creatures, learn about monsters, who are tangible metaphers and the ones who are not tangible at all, but still around. And if you look close enough you may encounter monsters who seem evil, but are not.

In the same space you can find and play the nominees of this year’s Creative Gaming Award. Use the time until the Award Show to guess which one takes the prize. The Audience Award is chosen by the audience itself – and every game in the exhibition can be selected by you!

Games will be updated here – Come back soon to see more games!

(Deutsch) KI in digitalen Spielen

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Artist Talk with Alexander Merbeth

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Alexander Merbeth is busy. He is an actor for theatre, film and TV, member of the cobratheater.cobra collective and voice actor for audio drama and video games. Lately, he gave […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 12:00-12:30 Uhr

Artist Talk with Franziska Zeiner

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  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 16:30-17:00 Uhr

Artist Talk with Mathilde Hoffmann

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Mathilde’s work is all about noises and sounds. That’s why you’ll always meet the composer with a recording device in her pocket. Besides productions for advertisement, Mathilde  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 12:00-12:30 Uhr

Artist Talk with Riad Djemili

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Riad Djemili is working in the gaming industry since 2005, calling himself a subversive game maker. He is co-founder of the Berlin-based indie game studio Maschinen-Mensch, whose debut title  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 16:30-17:00 Uhr

Be Frankenstein – Make Your Own Monster

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Create your own monster! In this workshop, participants tinker and build their fantasy-monsters from everyday life items and let them come to live as Makey Makey controllers. It’s not only  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Character Design at Monster Lab

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Bringing monsters to life with pen, paper and digital drawing pads. This station is part of the Monster Lab.
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Creative Gaming Award Show

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Once again, the Creative Gaming Award Show closes PLAY19! On Saturday, the jury will announce the winners of the Creative Gaming Award, after having talked to all the nominees and […]

DanceStation! Choreography meets Video Game

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When game meets dance, a fascinating artistic field arises. Also, it is an exciting approach for those occupied with dance, theatre and media education. In this workshop, participants create  ...
  • Thursday, 14.11.2019 10:00-18:00 Uhr

Dissecting Sea of Solitude: Monster Design Based on Human Emotions

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Sea of Solitude is a third-person adventure game and was released on July 5th 2019. It is a game about struggling with your inner monsters and overcoming your loneliness. As […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 15:00-16:00 Uhr

Festival Opening and Vernissage

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Celebrate the opening of the twelvth PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival with us. Welcome addresses by cooperation partners and a view on the forthcoming days of PLAY19. Afterwards: Vernissage  ...
  • Thursday, 14.11.2019 19:00 Uhr

Game Design at Monster Lab

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Develop monster games. This station is part of the Monster Lab.
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

GIANT MONSTERS – Game Design with Bloxels

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Super Mario, Giana Sisters, Sonic and Rayman are popular figures in jump’n’run games. Besides strong figures and monsters, exciting stories and clever game design are part of these  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Hunting Monsters in Your Head

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For a long time now, digital games have discovered difficult topics such as depression, suicide, trauma, and anxiety disorders as a source of inspiration. Sometimes by means of images and […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Inner Demons – An experimental Live Action Role Play – Workshop

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Inner demons – a choir from the subconcious. Who doesn’t know them? Angel on the right, devil on the left shoulder, guilt, revenge thoughts, envy, anxiety, repulsion, anger,  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 13:00-14:00 Uhr

Inner Demons – An experimental Live Action Role Play – Workshop

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Inner demons – a choir from the subconcious. Who doesn’t know them? Angel on the right, devil on the left shoulder, guilt, revenge thoughts, envy, anxiety, repulsion, anger,  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 10:00-11:00 Uhr

Insert Moin Podcast Sofa

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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, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Instructions for Monster Hunt

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Monsters are everywhere. But can we meet them in our everyday life, too? The Theatre of Research FUNDUS THEATER claims: yes! You can believe them, they are experts in finding […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Instructions for Searching Monsters

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Monsters are everywhere. But can we meet them in our everyday life, too? The Theatre of Research FUNDUS THEATER claims: yes! You can believe them, they are experts in finding […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Interactive Monster Photo Story

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In this workshop, participants come up with a monster comedy, monster thriller or monster romance and re-crwate it in Unity. We will use the plugin ‘Fungus’, which will be provided.
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Iron Monsters at Monster Lab

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Create (and iron) pixel monsters! This station is part of the Monster Lab.
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Let’s Tell Their Stories

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Let’s Plays have become an increasingly popular form of entertainment. The commented video game scenes not only offer the possibility to present current games or to show off skill. They  ...
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Machinima Cinema

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Let’s mix “machine”, “animation” and “cinema” and get “machinima”! In our little cinema, guests of PLAY19 can relax and watch the newest and most interesting machinimas – monsters  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-22:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-22:00 Uhr

Media Literacy with Games

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Games have become an important factor in media educational practices. This importance has also transferred to the impact games have in schools. However, one cannot talk of an extensive coverage  ...
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 14:00-16:00 Uhr

Monster Hunt – Forms and Functions of the Monstrous in Video Games

Monsters of all kind are an essential part of video game history. From cute ghosts in Pacman to Donkey Kong, who started as an enemy and later became the anti […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Monster Stories – Storytelling with Twine

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According to this year’s topic, this workshop is about “monsters”. Here, interactive stories become true monsters and the authors learn how to write these interactive texts with  ...
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 13:00-17:00 Uhr

Myths and Monsters in Horror Games

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Who is the mad scientist and what does he stand for? What role do zombies play in our society? In this workshop, participants learn about myths and monsters in horror […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Parasocial Relationships with video game figures

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“It’s you and me – I know it’s my destiny” – do you love your Pokémon? Is that even possible? Can you love someone or something that is made of […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Perform Your Monster at Monster Lab

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This station is filled with props provided by the FUNDUS TEHATER and offers everything absurd, wild and moster-like. It includes an instruction from their performance game ‘PLAYING UP':  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

PLAY Couch on Friday

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  • Friday, 15.11.2019 18:00-19:00 Uhr

PLAY Couch on Saturday

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  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 18:00-19:00 Uhr

PLAY Party

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As celebratory as we will open PLAY19, it will also be closed. Right after the Creative Gaming Award Show, the PLAY Party takes place at the PLAY19 exhibition. We celebrate […]
Location: Barlach Halle K
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 22:00 Uhr

Podcast for Beginners: How to Start Your Own Talk Show

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In past years, podcasts have become increasingly popular. Michael Cherdchupan and Manuel Fritsch have been there right from the beginning and have been producing podcasts for their daily podcast  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Roarrhh…Monster Sounds in Jurassic World, Pokémon & Co.

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What makes a sound come to live? What is it about monsters, that gives us goosebumps? How does a sound form a monster’s personality? Can a monster sound charming? This […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Rock & Wrestling

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ROCK & WRESTLING at PLAY19! The subcultural trash wrestling show from St. Pauli will be at this year’s Creative Gaming Festival. Entering the ring: the one & only – Mr. […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 20:30 Uhr

Some Kind of Monster: Audiovisual Monster Design

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From cute to horrific, from unbelievably small to gigantic, from everything to nothing. Who decides, what a monster is? Did humanity create an image of evil according to stories, the […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 10:00-12:00 Uhr

Sound Design at Monster Lab

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Recording monster noises. This station is part of the Monster Lab.Recording monster noises. This station is part of the Monster Lab.
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Speakers’ Corner

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In the Speakers’ Corner at PLAY19 everyone will be heard! We are looking for your ideas, projects and topics around the digital gaming culture. You have something to tell and […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 10:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 10:00-19:00 Uhr

spielbar-Jugendredaktion

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From the spielbar youth editorial team, gaming enthusiasts aged 16 to 24 report live from the festival and create films, pictures, podcasts, information and mood pictures for the spielbar blog  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019

Storytelling at Monster Lab

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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 […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 09:00-19:00 Uhr

Taming a Monster

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History and society in video games and how to use them in middle school Many video games are set in historical times. Accordingly, they convey morals and ideas of these […]
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 14:00-16:00 Uhr

The Monster in the Classroom. Aiding Literacy with AR and VR

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Understanding stories is an essential part of German lessons. However, students often seem to have problems sympathizing with characters or imagining places. Modern Virtual and Augmented Reality  ...
  • Friday, 15.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Zombie Invasion

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How do you act as a monster? How do you move, communicate? This workshop lets participants play with the myths of zombies and undead, dressing in according costumes and playing […]
  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 13:00-15:00 Uhr