“For the fifth year A MAZE. is welcoming african and international independent game developers, artists, forward thinkers, vr designers and digital activists in Johannesburg to exchange tools, skills and ideas in the fields of independent games and playful media. This year we like to create positive chaos!" --- Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and director of A MAZE.
A MAZE. / Johannesburg is also a public event. Open arcade with the best selection of amazing independent videogames and alternative games with weird controllers. We bring together what belongs together. Games, music and people.
A MAZE. / Johannesburg is an annual evolving platform for african and international playful media artists. Also a playground for everyone who wants to experience the magic of the Human-Human-Machine interaction.
A MAZE. provides an intensive 3-day program with talks, workshops, panels, hypertalks, screenings, artistic games, VR experiences, playful installations, concerts, av performances and party in the heart of Johannesburg, Braamfontein.
Since A MAZE. is the first festival of that kind in Africa we have the responsibility to create a platform that grows from inside to secure the longterm goals like a national funding systems, more and effective international collaborations between universities, institutions, cultural agencies, studios and creatives
Thanks due the funding by the City of Johannesburg we’re also able to create one A MAZE. Pop up in Soweto.
In the last couple of months I lead the development of three games with scientific backgroud. This talk focuses on two of these games that are based on physics to illustrate/analyze the challage in their game design process: finding the sweet spot between scientific facts and fun gameplay.
Philipp studied Game Engineering in Vienna and founded Zeppelin Studio right afterwards. Since then he has been developing games and supported Festivals and Organizations like A MAZE.. He is a curious human being that loves shaders and gameplay.