by Kate Raynes-Goldie
Exciting news! The Gaming Privacy project has wrapped, and we are pleased to announce the outcome of our efforts: an iPad + board game called The Watchers which will be launching as a public beta May 15, 2012. The game will be available in two versions: a freely downloadable DIY kit, or a fully assembled version, which will be sold at cost. In addition, the app component will be available both as an iPad app, and a web app for use on PCs and laptops. The web app version will be available for play on May 15th, with the iPad version to follow shortly after. All the game components are Creative Commons licensed for anyone to reuse and remix!
The game was created by David Fono and Kate Raynes-Goldie at Atmosphere Industries in collaboration with an amazing team of Canadian children: Chris, Jordan, Kiri, Mary, Mitchell, Peter, and Tinson. We would also like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the research and logistical support of the EDGE Lab at Ryerson University.
We’re also excited to announce that we will be presenting the game at a number of events leading up to our official launch on May 15:
- Canadian Preview: April 20, 2012 TIFF Nexus Children and Youth New Media Literacies Conference Toronto, Canada
- Australian Preview: April 28, 2012 Media140 Digital Futures Perth, Australia
- Official Launch: May 15, 2012 InPlay, Toronto, Canada