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playARK is Cardiff's very own games festival. An exciting event that brings together a celebration of games and play and all things fun. Split between two days the festival will hold the first series of talks of it's kind in Cardiff with world renowned speakers from across the UK discussing the impact and possibilities of developing systems and ways of thinking through games and play in business, education and society as a whole. The second day brings together a unique mix of games from digital games, retro games and board games to physical games that are played in everyday spaces. The city will become your playground and the streets your hiding places.

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playARK is Cardiff's very own games festival. An exciting event that brings together a celebration of games and play and all things fun. Split between two days the festival will hold the first series of talks of it's kind in Cardiff with world renowned speakers from across the UK discussing the impact and possibilities of developing systems and ways of thinking through games and play in business, education and society as a whole. The second day brings together a unique mix of games from digital games, retro games and board games to physical games that are played in everyday spaces. The city will become your playground and the streets your hiding places.

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Well the weather was kind and people turned up, what else can you ask for? Our first birthday and our first games festival was a great day with the five hours going so quickly.

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games testingWe have had a few queries about what we should and shouldn't bring during the day:

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Just add points?

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After last weekends games testing we have been busy gathering feedback. We are happy to confirm the first few games that will take place on the 2nd October.Game one - Human Bingo"Collect your numbers from each other moving through the city, full house wins."

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A selection of pictures from the weekend of testing. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

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In our rush to get the Mini Games Festival out to the masses we realised that the information is not as descriptive as is could be. Or perhaps the most informative. So we felt we should add a bit more meat to the bone.

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ark in the park

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spectrum evening

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Last weekend was the final instalment of the pilot of Conspiracy for Good. Made by a team including NOKIA and Heroes creator Tim Kring. Conspiracy for Good was a four episode pervasive game set in the the city of London.

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Another weekend another gaming experience. This time we managed to get to IGLAB's games workshop. We went to Bristol to take part in making some games. The workshop started at 10am and then went on until around 5ish. A long day but it flew by and I would recommend the workshop to anyone wanting to get into gaming or even those who have loads of experience to check the workshops out.

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Following our weekly wednesday club meeting last night on the theme of pervasive gaming and how ARK could use games to influence human behaviour I thought I should do some research as its an area I know very little about. So to kick things off here is a few things I have found so far:

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I have always loved games ever since I was little and I think to some degree we all do. There is something that draws us to 'play' that is mysteriously undefinable - the thrill and excitement of being part of something that has it's own set of rules and boundaries, a shared knowledge and experience that draws players together coupled with the joyful element of risk.

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For everyone interested in ARK's project 5 – which will be involved in all of the other projects during the next few months – a Wiki has been setup for the beginning of the online Word Hospital.
ARK - Wiki can be found here

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Following ARK's launch at the ATRiuM, Cardiff. We have now come up with the first few projects that we will be working on in the coming months.

Project 1 - Lost & Found

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It's now been nearly two months and we have setup a small but promising little club. Initially we had started with no name and 'Wednesday Club' was coined by Lyns. We have now finally come up with something which we think fits 'ARK'. We are all very happy with it, and look forward to posting more of our thoughts. As you may have guessed we meet on Wednesday's in Cardiff.

Wednesday Club

Why not come along to our meeting on Wednesday evenings and see how you can get involved! Click here to view our calendar.

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