Montreal game collective Kokoromi has today announced the six games selected for this year's Gamma IV showcase
, the 'One Button Games'-themed extended game jam.
The chosen entries will make their debut at the Gamma IV party in San Francisco on the evening of Wednesday March 10th, and will then be shown at the Gamma IV Pavilion on the GDC Expo Floor, with this exhibition held in association with the organizers of the Game Developers Conference
, the UBM Techweb Game Network.
Comparable to a longer-form, targeted version of the 'indie game jam' concept, previous years' themes have included Gamma 01: Audio Feed
(games driven by live audio), gamma 256
(games with extremely small pixel dimensions), and GAMMA 3D
(games using red-blue stereoscopic 3D). Standout games like Passage, Paper Moon
, and Super HYPERCUBE
This year's Gamma IV allowed game creators worldwide to make shortform games created to be played using only one button, and the specific showcased titles, picked from over 150 submissions, are as follows:
Poto & Cabenga by Honeyslug
B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now) by Copenhagen Game Collective
GAMMA IV - THE GAME
Faraway by Steph Thirion
Kokoromi commented in relation to the showcase: "This year presented a significant curatorial challenge for Kokoromi, given the exceptional quality and diversity of submissions to our "one-button games" call. The six games chosen demonstrate creative approaches to the one-button restriction, tailored to the unique challenges of Gamma's "new arcade" format."
The kickoff Gamma IV showcase event will take place at The Mezzanine in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday, March 10th, from 8pm to 3am. There's free entry with any GDC badge, and $10 public admission, with games being shown on large screen projections and set to music from Starpause (SF), Baiyon (Kyoto), Class Prez (ATX), and more. The subsequent GDC Expo Floor exhibition will take place at the Moscone Center from March 11th-13th, and be open to anyone with a GDC 2010 badge.
Finally, on the evening of March 12th, the organizers will also present One Button Objects
, a collection of playful circuit hacked creations inspired by the Gamma IV theme, at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (55 Taylor St, San Francisco).