Kunsthaus meets virtual space: The Gaming-Festival PLAY16 highlights innovative and new Virtual Reality concepts

Hamburg, September 6, 2016. Whether it is Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR: Gamer enter virtual reality in 2016. And who can acompany them better than the Creative Gaming festival PLAY16 from November 2-6 in Hamburg?

The games exhibition under the motto “Let’s get Physical – Game and Body” focuses on gamer in virtual space as well as innovative VR ideas and prototypes that explore where virtual reality stands and show new developments. At the Kunsthaus Hamburg, next to central station, HTC Vive can help to overcome vertigo during virtual parachute jumps in “Sky Touch” or players can explore fictional and real spaces as British agents in “Unseen Diplomacy”.

Besides such “Head Mounted Displays” visitors can play casually with gamepads: At the Bücherhallen in Hamburg, games like the award winning “Everybodys Gone to the Rapture” by The Chinese Room or the Kinect-Platformer “Fru” by Through Games will be exhibited and playable.

“The games exhibition of PLAY16 invites all gamers to enter virtual reality for the first time, to become the protagonist of fantastic worlds and to experience creative and innovative indie games, new trends and current topics of gaming” explains one of the curators Matthias Löwe. “All the games have one thing in common: They combine game and body and demonstrate in a playful way topics like space, movement, disability, immersion and sexuality.”

The games exhibition of PLAY16 is only one main aspect of the Creative Gaming festival. Gaming fans can, for instance, gain insights in game development during several workshops or admire European game developer’s creative power at the Creative Gaming Awards. Entertaining evening events round out the program – the daily PLAY Show with Uke Bosse or the “Stay Forever” Podcast with Christian Schmidt and Gunnar Lott, who discuss live how virtual reality developed.
About PLAY16

PLAY is the first and unique festival, which combines media art, discourse and education with the culture of digital games. PLAY16 is an event of the Initiative Creative Gaming e.V., of jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e.V. in cooperation with spielbar.de, the platform of Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb concerning computer games, JIZ – Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg der Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung, supported by numerous partners and sponsors from Hamburg and all over the world. Further information can be found at the official website: www.play16.net.

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