(Deutsch) KI, Games und Monster

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  • Saturday, 16.11.2019 16:00-18:00 Uhr

Artist Talk with Alexander Merbeth

Foto ©Thomas Leidig
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

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

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

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

Ben and Ed Blood Party

Sluggerfly (GER, 2018) Being dead could be worse! Use the advantages of your rotten zombie-body! Lose limbs, throw your head, be transformed into a meat block, dance and more… In […]


Sand Sailor Studio (ROU, tba) Mean bossfights give you a headache? Gather your friends and be a boss yourself! A cyclopean slice of toast? Maybe a giant evil plunger? Stage […]

Boyfriend Dungeon

Kitfox Games (CAN, tba) A “monstrous” weapon is somehow bigger or different then others. IHere, your weapons actually can transform into cute people you can take to romantic dates, to […]

Character Design at Monster Lab

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

Concrete Genie

Pixelopus (USA, 2019) Use the power of creativity to help a polluted seaside town back to its former bright glory. Follow the heartwarming journey of a bullied teen named Ash, […]

Creative Gaming Award Show

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 […]

Curious Expedition 2

Maschinen-Mensch (GER, tba) Explore uncharted lands, encounter mysterious monsters, and search for lost treasures – adventure awaits! But be careful… there’s a fine line between  ...

DanceStation! Choreography meets Video Game

Foto DanceStation_Workshop Bundesakademie_1
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

Sea of Solitude_Environment Screenshot_2
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

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

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

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

Grave Call

Totally Not a Game Studio (SWE, 2017) Buried alive with a mobile on 10% battery.. Which monster could do that? The buried needs to look at what is inside their […]

Hunting Monsters in Your Head

What Remains of Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow (2017)
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

Play on Stage: Theater
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

Play on Stage: Theater
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

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

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

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

Screenshot: Azem’s Labyrinth by Daniel Fernández Galeote
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

Play17 Creative Gaming Festival
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

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

Play17 Creative Gaming Festival
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

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

PLAY17 Workshop Storytelling Foto c Bente Stachowske
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

Monstre De Coiffure

Lonebot (ISR, 2016) Show the world monsters can be pretty too. Style as much monsters as possible and do your best to help them become their true self! Website Facebook


Krillbite Studio (NOR, tba) You live a monotonous and repetitive lonely life in a cold overpopulated ever-expanding city. The phone is distracting you with meaningless notifications as you move  ...


Die Gute Fabrik (DNK, 2019) A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural… Over 100 years ago, a meteor struck a tropical holiday resort. Most of the inhabitants […]

Myths and Monsters in Horror Games

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

“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


François Alliot, Arnaud De Bock (GBR, 2015) Passengers is a game where you play a smuggler of migrants in Europe. Migrants are all over the news. They’re treated as a […]

Perform Your Monster at Monster Lab

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

After Show
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

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.

Monster Sounddesign
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

Gruppenfoto der Show Rock & Wrestling
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

Sea of Solitude

Jo-Mei Games (GER, 2019) Meet Your Monsters! Journey with Kay, a lonely woman who has turned into a monster. Explore an evolving world where nothing is quite what it seems. […]

Shadow of the Colossus (Remake)

Shadow of the Colossus
Bluepoint Games / Sony Computer Entertainment (JAP, 2018) A lonesome young man knees in front of his dead beloved. A voice reveals that he can save her by finding and […]

Some Kind of Monster: Audiovisual Monster Design

Grafik: Freepik
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

Play 14 Festival
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

Space Security Guard Simulator

Sebastián Blanco (PER, 2018) On board of an infested spaceship, a player in VR has to try to get out and blow up the ship, just like in Alien. At […]

Speakers’ Corner

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


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
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Storytelling at Monster Lab

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

Foto: The Secret World, FunCom, 2012ff, PC, Nolden
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 Game: The Game

Angela Washko (USA, 2018) The Game: The Game is a feminist video game presenting the politics, tactics and practices of the male pick-up artist and seduction community. Through the format […]

The Longing

Studio Seufz (GER, tba) In “The Longing” the player controls a small Shadow-Monster. It lives deep beneath the soil in an abandoned cave, where it is ordered to wait 400 […]

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

Foto: Freepik
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

The White Door

Rusty Lakes (NLD, tba) The past can come back as a monster. Robert Hill suffers from severe memory loss. Follow the strict daily routine of the Mental Health facility he […]

Untitled Goose Game

House House (AUS, 2019) Monstrous morals never were more fun. In this slapstick-stealth-sandbox you can be a horrible goose in an unsuspecting village, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a  ...


SadSquare Studio (CAN, tba) Wander through the halls of a haunted house, explore each room and every corner in search of an escape route. Fear is your worst enemy; dark […]

Viscera Cleanup Detail

RuneStorm (ZAF, 2015) Evil aliens invaded our planet! Luckily, one survivor found the courage to fight back and put the aliens in their place! It was a long and horrific […]

Zombie Invasion

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

Zombie Night Terror

NoClip (FRA, 2016) Illness and our physical integrity gave birth to many monsters. Most famously zombies. Here, you can spread this pandemic. Because the only way to survive the zombie […]