I will be co-hosting a GB Studio workshop with Alex Custodio from the Residual Media Depot on Tuesday February 4 from 4:30-6:30pm at TAG Lab. GB Studio is a very cool (very free) drag-and-drop game creation tool that lets you export your games online or as Game Boy ROM files.
This workshop is very much inspired by work that both Alex and I completed last year as part of Mia Consalvo’s Games and/as Research-Creation graduate course, and I’ll be applying a lot of the knowledge I acquired through the development of my prototype game I Can’t Find The Words.
Homebrew design for outmoded videogame consoles is not a new phenomenon, but GB Studio, as an open source program, is perhaps the first accessible tool for participating in the practice. This type of development raises intriguing questions about unauthorized additions to existing game libraries and the afterlife of videogame hardware such as the Nintendo Game Boy.
If you’re a Concordia student, you can sign up for the workshop on Facebook or just drop-in.