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Babycastles is an effort to provide a social home for the game development culture that has long been part of New York City.

Babycastles (http://babycastles.com), in conjunction with Showpaper (http://showpaper.org), is opening a pop-up video game, art, and music venue next to Grand Central in Manhattan, at 217 East 42nd Street, from October 8th through December 29th this year.

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IGN Entertainment has offered to match 100% of all funds raised from September 27th until the end of the fundraiser on October 4th.

More information about this program on Gamasutra - http://bit.ly/bRAy1S

You can support Babycastles twice as much now when you donate!

Thank you!

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LA Times
"In a Queens neighborhood, the birth of indie video games"
http://lat.ms/d6CiBa

Rhizome
"A Visit to Babycastles:New York DIY Arcade"
http://rhizome.org/editorial/3661

Bushwick BK
"At Babycastles, God Mode for Indie Gamers"
http://bit.ly/cvusnR

Motherboard
"Babycastles: Where Punk Rock & Homemade Videogames Live In Sweet Harmony"
http://bit.ly/91BYLF

Vice
"BABYCASTLES' CYBORG VIDEOGAME NERDTOPIA"
http://bit.ly/9sQldT

Attract Mode
"The CBGB’s of Video Games"
http://attractmo.de/blog/the-cbgbs-of-video-games/

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The primary goal of Babycastles is to establish independently developed video games as a viable form of social culture for New York City and its youth.

We have existed since 2005 as a student work exhibition in Columbia University's Collision Art Party, to an arcade installation at a Brooklyn record release party in 2007, to a NYC game developer exhibition in the back of the music venue Death By Audio in 2008, and finally into our permanent home in the basement of DIY art and music space Silent Barn in Queens, NY, where we have hosted nearly a year of monthly arcade exhibitions since November 2009 (including "Games That Will Make You Cry", curated by NYU-Poly student Arthur Ward Jr, and "God Bless Babycastles - Christian Games" curated by game designer Ivan Safrin).

At a Manhattan location, we're aiming to strongly influence the public perception of video games and the culture surrounding this art form. There are diverse explorations of play, statement, format, enjoyment, and development of games, often unpublished and barely acknowledged even by most game enthusiasts. By presenting six consecutive 2-week exhibitions of independent video games at the center of New York, Babycastles is looking forward to showcasing international game development to a wide audience of game enthusiasts, students, press, curators, children, and especially to an audience that may never otherwise encounter the variety of activity in video game culture.

It will be an incredible arcade in Times Square!

These are the exhibitions that Babycastles has lined up for the year:

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▒ Grand Opening: Best of Babycastles!


October 8th - October 17th





▒ Neverending Games by Experimental Gameplay Project!


October 22nd - October 31st




(Hurry! September Competition!)

EXPERIMENTAL GAMEPLAY PROJECT


▒ Zines & Video Game Culture by Attract Mode & Raina Lee!


November 5th - November 14th




ATTRACT MODE

RAINA LEE


▒ Statement Games


December 3rd - December 12th




Featuring an original non-digital game by ERIC ZIMMERMAN & NATHALIE POZZI!

Hopefully scheduling in DARKGAME by Eddo Stern,
and a new game by Zach Gage, Nicholas Fortugno, Kurt Bieg. Update soon!
http://eddostern.com/
http://stfj.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Fortugno


▒ IndieCade! (tentative)


December 16th - 29th




More information soon!
http://indiecade.com/


▒ To be announced!



There will be more 2-week exhibitions that we can't announce yet!


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▒ Single Night Exhibitions




In addition to 2-week freely playable arcade exhibitions, Babycastles is also hosting single night exhibitions, lectures, benefit parties, workshops...


October 2nd - Copenhagen Games Collective: Brutally Unfair Games Bash


B.U.T.T.O.N.
DARK ROOM SEX GAME
RUCKBLENDE
FUCK YOU IT'S ART

COPENHAGEN GAMES COLLECTIVE

@ Babycastles Queens

October 31st - Spooky Games Party


GRETEL & HANSEL by MAKO PUDDING

AMNESIA by FRICTIONAL GAMES

EVERSION by ZARATRUSTA

Kill Screen #1: Opening Party


KILL SCREEN

Pixeljam's Glorkian Warrior: Opening Party


GLORKIAN WARRIOR

Reformat The Planet


2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS

Student Semester projects from NYU, Columbia, New School University (Tentative!)


NYU GAME CENTER

Playpower (Tentative!)


PLAYPOWER

Gaijin Games - Bit.Trip … (Tentative!)


GAIJIN GAMES

Lectures & Workshops


The Babycastles team has been working really hard on putting together a series of lectures and workshops at the arcade,
we'll post more information about them soon!

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Thank you


for helping us make our Manhattan indie games arcade a fully functioning reality. Our bare costs include:

- $3300 rent (facilitated by the Chashama organization) for the entire three months.
- 6 x Arcade Computer Equipment ($250 x 6)
- 12 x Controller Equipment ($35 * 12)
- 3 x Backup Computer Equipment ($250 x 3)
- 6 x Cabinet Equipment ($100 * 6)
- Wood Workshop Rental ($45 / day x 7)

This $6000 kickstarter doesn't meet our costs, but we have the support of some amazing (you won't believe it!) benefit shows throughout the rest of the year, as well as an active retail space at our Manhattan location, and we will be looking for donated computer equipment to reduce those costs.

Realistically, we are also following additional expenses, so we can really use your help in any amount.

- Artist Reimbursement for material costs Non-Digital Games
- All Sound Equipment
- All Video Projection Equipment
- All Promo Materials & Printing
- Staff
- Etc.

THANK YOU!
The following is a description of all the generous gifts indie game makers in the city and around the world have offered in return for your assistance. Thank you again!


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Babycastles Cow



Babycastles has it's very own Cow Clicker cow for your Facebook pastures! It's quite possibly the cutest video game cow ever. Included in every package $15 and up. Thank you!


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Guru Meditation


SIGNED BY IAN BOGOST




This is 1 cartridge of a signed, numbered limited edition set of 10 in the world. Part of a gift package for a contribution of $650 or more. Thank you!


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We ♥ Katamari


SIGNED BY KEITA TAKAHASHI






A gift package for a contribution of $300 or more. Thank you!


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Glorkian Warrior


PIXELJAM




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $225 and more. Thank you!


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Noise Toy


LOUD OBJECTS




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $200 or more. Thank you!


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1-UP MegaZine


SIGNED BY RAINA LEE




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $200 or more. Thank you!


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Kill Screen Magazine


SIGNED BY JAMIN BROPHY-WARREN




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $200 or more. Thank you!


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Fort90 ZIne


SIGNED BY MATTHEW HAWKINS




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $200 or more. Thank you!


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Gravity Hook HD


SIGNED BY ADAM ATOMIC & DANNY B




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $150 or more. Thank you!


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Canabalt


SIGNED BY ADAM ATOMIC & DANNY B




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $150 or more. Thank you!


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You Found The Grappling Hook : Pro Edition


SIGNED BY MARK ESSEN




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $125 and more. Thank you!


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Drop7


AREA/CODE




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $75 or more. Thank you!


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Lilt Line


DIFFERENT CLOTH




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $75 or more. Thank you!


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PongVaders


SIGNED BY ANNA ANTHROPY




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $75 or more. Thank you!


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8bp050


8BITPEOPLES




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $55 or more. Thank you!


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Helicoid


DIFFERENT CLOTH




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $50 or more. Thank you!


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Osmos


SIGNED BY EDDY BOXERMAN




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $35 or more. Signed with a contribution of $125 or more! Thank you!


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Temporary Tattoo


Babycastles




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $5 or more. Thank you!


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Item of Unknown Origin from Babycastles Pawn Shop


Babycastles




Included in a gift package for a contribution of $5 or more. Thank you!


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We are also always looking for help in many other ways, as well. If you live in the NYC area and have some curational ideas, game jam ideas, technical know-how, financial know-how, or just want to drop by and see what happens, please write us at meow@babycastles.com! We feast together every other Sunday on the Babycastles rooftop and get a lot of things done.

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