As its students graduate, NYU Game Center showcases a few games

Created in 2008, the NYU Play Center is a department in Brooklyn, NY that offers a BFA and MFA in Game Design.

Their class of 2019 just graduated, so to close the year there was a showcase event showcasing the work of the students. I went to support a few friends of mine and here are some of the highlights of the event.

I first watched Carol Mertz’s game, With You

Image: Carol Mertz

I didn’t have a chance to play, as there was an almost endless line to do it, but it’s a non-violent, cooperative ‘date game’ where you solve puzzles together. With you is evocative of the same kinds of feelings you get from playing games like Cutting pliers and Ibb & Obb, where you are faced with asymmetric circumstances and need to work together to figure out what to do.

The world needs more games like this and I can’t wait to see what happens with this one.

Clutter is a no-pressure point-and-click game

clutter game

Image: Francesca Carletto-Leon

The whole night was dimly lit so you’ll have to forgive the quality of the photo, but the next stop was Cesca and his game, Disorder.

Disorder is a no-pressure point-and-click game about moving from your own apartment to a shared space with a romantic partner. In it, you need to make decisions about what to keep and what to donate, talking to your partner along the way. It really touched me, because I was absolutely there.

This photo also warms my heart, because it is Cesca’s daddy who is playing the game for the first time. Adorable.

Call 666 to have a good time

666 game game center nyu

Image: Jacob Vander Ende / KnowTechie

I made my way into a much, much darker room and found this game, Compose a demon, which I had seen on Twitter but which I knew nothing about. It’s a game played on a phone where you summon a demon, summon it into the digital ether, and flirt over an iMessage facsimile (which, of course, uses a Ouija board as a keyboard).

It was sleek, stylish, and uncomfortably alluring, reminding me of how exciting it can be to have loving conversations with new people over text.

ABC’s Already Been Chewed is the stuff of nightmares

abc already been chewed game

Image: Jacob Vander Ende / KnowTechie

I believe games should always aim to elicit strong, unique, and specific emotions and if that’s the metric we’re aiming for I’m sorry but this one takes the cake overnight. It’s a game called ABC already been chewed. You grab a piece of gum and start chewing as you play the game, which navigates the text with the analog stick. When you’re done, you add your freshly chewed gum to the controller, which gets more and more disgusting as the night goes on.

Yes, that poor soul is holding a controller coated with the gum of countless other gamers.

I was going to play, but I literally gagged and couldn’t do it. This is fucking horrible.

Here is another photo of the nightmare controller because if I were to see it you too

abc controller

Image: Jacob Vander Ende / KnowTechie

The defining characteristic that I found at this Game Center event was that they were games created by designers that think outside the box. These will be the people who make the experiences you haven’t even dreamed of yet and I honestly can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Hell, maybe Panic can recruit some to make sure their Playdate developer roster isn’t just guys.

Seriously, how disgusting is this controller? What did you think of the games presented at the Game Center? Let us know below in the comments or refer the discussion to our Twitter Where Facebook.

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