This summer, an innovative cultural center called La Gaîté Lyrique is turning into a giant playing field. Games to be played by hand, games to be play onscreen and games to be played among friends will all be showcased at Play Along, an innovative exhibition that is going on until August 12, 2012.
These games can be played within the large space of 5,000 square meters that has been set up especially for this exhibition by La Gaîté Lyrique, located near the Marais district of Paris. In this space, visitors can expect to find arcade games, board games, physical games, artistic games, video games, games by independent creators and games featuring the latest technologies. A series of giant games encourages players to use their whole bodies to interact and play along in ways that they might not expect.
For example, the “Daily Operetta” allows players to momentarily step into the shoes of characters from an operetta. In order to create this game, a small room was transformed into a singing, dancing obstacle course that allows players to recreate a musical scene.
For fans of video games, “Fez” offers a 2D game platform that takes place in a 3D environment. The story revolves around a 2D creature that is searching for the mysterious third dimension. Players can get a sneak peek of this game, which is set to be released for Xbox later this year, at the Play Along exhibition.
For those who cannot get enough of games, a series of films, talks and concerts — all revolving around various game themes — will also be presented. The emphasis is on the independent creation of games outside of established corporations, and many of these independent creators will share their ideas about the process of game creation.