Deciding whether to attend the Arcadian Renaissance event during Nuit Blanche this past Saturday night/Sunday morning was difficult for me. On the one hand, i am a Hand Eye Society member, some of my Toronto indie friends had video games in the show, and my company sponsored one of the cabinets. On the other hand, i love sitting on the couch and going to bed at a godly hour, and they were airing a new episode of So You Think You Can Quilt Canada. In the end, i decided to trek out to the new Bell Lightbox building and risk getting my face peeled off by poltergeists to check out the event.
The streets of the city were clogged with drunk young people looking for a good time. Oh, and art.
The Lightbox itself was a surprisingly happenin’ joint. i took this picture sitting on the shoulder of the StayPuft Marshmallow Man.
The arcade cabinets were an impressive feat of engineering. That sweet baby at the far end is coming to live in the Untold offices.
It’s hard to convey the scale of this without a wide angle lens, but one projector beamed Co-Op Cottage Defense on the one-story-tall atrium wall. It looked great!
The Nidhogg tournament began at midnight. The game had the crowd enthralled and titillated. One dude in this picture actually has an erection, but i tastefully cropped it out of the shot. In entirely unrelated news, see if you can spot Untold’s intern Cale somewhere in the photo.
Yes, Nidhogg is my essential cinema. Thank you for asking.
(although, Ernest Goes to Camp was pretty good too.)
Mark Rabo of Gamercamp shot this fantastic piece at the event. Among the video’s revelations: Ryan is badly in need of a shave and a haricut.