March in San Francisco means GDC (Game Developers Conference), the world’s largest gathering of game industry professionals. For swissnex San Francisco (within walking distance of the conference), GDC is an opportunity to showcase Switzerland’s innovative new games and developers. Last year, we turned our event space into a de facto arcade. Join us this year as we showcase new games, including the first public demo of Shadow Government, a novel social game based on real data from nations around the world.
Representing the growing game developer’s scene in Switzerland is Zurich-based Mario von Rickenbach, whose game Mirage is nominated for Excellence in Visual Art at this year’s Independent Game Festival at GDC. At swissnex, von Rickenbach and his colleagues Michael Burgdorfer and Phil McCammon present their latest game, Krautscape, an artistic, multiplayer flying car race. Prizes will be handed out to winners and the developers themselves will perform a live soundtrack.
Ever wondered what it’d be like to be a part of an elite cartel in charge of an entire country? Don’t miss the big reveal of the unreleased game Shadow Government, try your hand at the multi-player card game Moonga, and test the latest location-based game from Gbanga.
6:00 pm press preview
6:30 pm doors open to the public
7:00 pm lightning presentations from the game designers
7:45 pm playtime and networking reception
8:30 pm live performance of the Krautscape soundtrack
9:00 pm more playtime!
10:00 pm doors close
Since 2009, Gbanga has pioneered location-based mobile games that mix reality and fiction. Classic video game mechanics are applied to the real world, including real-world maps, local weather conditions, and nearby restaurants. At swissnex, Gbanga will reveal their latest location-based game. In the meantime, play Gbanga Famiglia, the mafia-themed game for iPhone.
Krautscape is an action-packed, multi-player racing game in which the leading player builds the track during the race itself. This leads to a completely original and unique gaming experience for every race. The game, with its outstanding design and gameplay, recently won the “Call for Projects: Swiss Games” from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
A lonely, subaquatic top hat found a human foot and managed to get it to work. Mirage, by Mario von Rickenbach from the Zurich University of the Arts, is an experimental game about a strange creature in a surreal world. Test the game the day before its presentation at the Independent Game Festival. Jury comment: “…definitely the first time a game that reminds of Max Ernst…”
Moonga is an online card trading game lunched in 2010. Moonga has 250 cards illustrated by talented artist from all over the world and has been downloaded more than 160,000 times. For the game’s evolution EverdreamSoft is innovating by using NFC technology to create interaction with physical cards and the digital game. The Geneva based start-up just signed a new contract for Moonga with Chinese distributor, The9.
Shadow Government LTD
Shadow Government is creating an entirely new type of social gaming, one that is based on real-world data and models. Shadow Government has partnered with the Millennium Institute, who have created an amazing model for predicting the impact policy decisions have on the health of a nation. Shadow Government Ltd. was founded in 2011 and has offices in New York City and Zurich. The co-founders of Shadow Government include Nicholas Fortugno, Philippe Trawnika, and Margaret Wallace. In April 2011, the company pulled $1 million in angel investment from Swiss-based investors.
Photo: Myleen Hollero