There is a new documentary, Playmakers, on play in public space. And it features some of the usual suspects of pervasive games. The documentary goes through the standard stuff about how liberating play is, how being silly in the public space is great, and how theatre is leaving the theatre building. At the same time it follows two game designers playtesting and developing their game. The film is a great intro to the subject – and you can watch it online.
Playmakers, a 35 minute documentary, is the culmination of a six month project following the progress of Hide&Seek game designers Alex Fleetwood and Holly Gramazio through the development of a new game.
Over the last 50 years play has become an increasingly private activity. Now it is bursting back onto our streets. playmakers explores the emerging area of pervasive games it examines the implications of reclaiming play into the public domain and shows the possibilities offered by new technologies.