Socialst Gaming For ZERO1

Okay this is a draft of the project JP and I are presenting during ZERO1 at Works Gallery.  This is a draft, comments and criticisms welcome.

cooperative gaming coop

Playing together and sharing.  The arcade was more than a place that withdrew our allowances one quarter at a time, it was a place to play in public, to show off and to be social. The giant, sturdy pieces of furniture enticingly covered with eye-catching graphics sold us on the games before we played them. We watched the masters develop their skill quarter after quarter. The space was alive with interaction, community and conversation. “There is a new High Score…”

With Cooperative Gaming Coop we look both backwards and forwards into the history of gaming. On the one hand the Golden Age of Video Games provided us with this public social space in which to interact, to peacock and to kibitz with our friends in the arcade.  The arcade cabinet became a context and a marketing tool for the games contained within. We lament the loss of the Arcade and the replacement of the game cabinet.

Looking forward we see that games can be created by anyone with the time and inclination and anticipate a space that is once more owned by the people where we can swap our old used games (or games we made) play games made by our friends, family, lovers, professors and exchange ideas.  This is a space that we own as gamers, that is free and unrepentantly socialist in its structure and ownership. This is old school socialism, everyone owns the coop, everyone owns the Cooperative Gaming Coop.

We have invited experts to curate cabinets, to bring together the best and most interesting work from a huge variety of sources. We have invited the students of SJSU and the Game Developers Club to share their games as well. The range of represented work will be enormous, expect to play games by people you have never heard of and people who will effect the future of the industry.

Visit our “Game Coop” and trade games, both old and new, bring the games you made to trade, and those old much loved titles to take part in our game coop. Take a game, leave a game.

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