Fri March 23 2018

Help create a game about Johannesburg’s past, present and future

Have you ever wanted to create your own game, or simply just don’t know where to start? Well, the Goethe-Institut is giving you the opportunity to do just that.

The Institute will be holding sessions in game design across 15 African countries, where participants will be developing a game based on their current city’s past, present and future.

“The programme consists of two game lab sessions (4 days in 2018 and 3 days in 2019) in your country and online support in between. Every team in every participating country will have the chance to send one representative to an additional Game Lab in Addis Ababa to create an African wide game based on the first Game Lab workshops,” Goethe-Institut explained.

The game developed at the additional Game Lab in Addis Ababa will then be presented at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in 2019.

What can you expect from the Game Lab? Well, almost everything that you would need in order to build a game from scratch.

“During the days of the game lab, participants will design, develop, and test a real local-based-game that deals with the future of your city the way you want it. This includes getting an insight into the core of game mechanics, creating a storyline, learning how to implement analogue spaces into a game and feeding all the elements into a digital platform.”

The best part is that you don’t already need knowledge of game design – just a passion for development and creativity.

“We will use an existing digital platform that can be used to create local-based games without any knowledge of programming and software development. Only basic digital skills are needed – and your creativity to design a game idea,” it said.

If you are interested, you have to hurry as there is only space for 20 participants per African city where the programme is being presented – Johannesburg included.

“Applications are open to problem solvers, subject matter experts, fun makers, energy boosters and to inhabitants of Johannesburg with an interest in the future of your city. We can accept up to 20 participants.”

Applications close on 2 April, and the Game Lab in Johannesburg will be held on 13 - 16 April 2018.

Click here to access the online application form.

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