Game testing at the Museum of Childhood

Recently, we decided to mix things up and hold some open studio sessions at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, as the games I design are largely aimed at children.

I was sat amongst the dollhouse collection of the museum, with my sketchbook, notes, books I’ve been studying from and six iPads running my Strawberry Thief prototype. We also had a physical scoreboard, which really engaged the children as they were all trying to beat one another!

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Even though the game was a prototype with placeholder art, a few bugs and very last minute touch-screen controls, the response was overwhelmingly positive! Most of the children were very engaged with the game – some playing it for half an hour! A lot of parents liked the game too, and found making a game based on existing art fascinating.

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We’ve been at the Museum of Childhood for two Saturdays already, and during this time we’ve had over 150 children playing my prototype. We’ll be back there for the last time on Saturday 8th March, 13:00 – 16:00, so if you’d like to pop by to play my game and give some feedback, then please do.

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I will be busy with family activities over the next ten days, as this year’s half term theme is Games! I will be staging open studios on most afternoons (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) where you can try out my game, and I’ll also be helping out with the Imagination Station. There’s lots going on, and it is mostly all free, so hope to see you there.

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