On Monday 14 October, games students from across the department came together for our very first ‘Tea & Testing’ session.
Created by games lecturer Alan Zucconi, the event is an opportunity for students in different years and on different courses to test out their games, and explore the games that are being made by their fellow students. What’s more, there’s tea and biscuits, an important part of the testing process.
As a bonus addition to the first session, a guest visitor was invited.
Award-winning game developer Alan Hazelden came along to get some feedback on a new game he is developing. The room was buzzing and many different weird and wonderful games were played, and plenty of chatting and mingling alongside.
The event highlighted that alcohol isn’t a necessary ingredient for testing sessions. Alan Zucconi said “Most social events that give students an opportunity to playtest their games tend to revolve around pubs, which are rarely accessible and not always promoters of an inclusive environment.
“The people who don’t feel comfortable in those environments are the ones we need to hear the most. The idea to switch to tea instead is to provide students with a safer and more inclusive space.”
If you’re interested in attending the next session – either because you have a game you would like to playtest, or because you want to play some games – the next sessions are….
- Goldsmiths library, 3pm-6pm Friday 8 November
- Room 219, Whitehead Building, 5pm-7pm Monday 25 November