On September 18th, at 7pm, the second Pop Up Arcade launch party began. The opening event of a weekend of video game talks and workshops, it’s a Friday night designed around an esoteric collection of local multiplayer games, live music, and of course the obligatory well-stocked bar.
The launch party does feel like the main event, and if quizzed it’s what most attendees would probably focus upon, but it’s worth noting that the following Saturday and Sunday feature a range of free talks, ranging from Unity development sessions to lectures celebrating games as a cultural form. Between talks, a range of games from the launch party, with a few others swapped in, are available to play.
The Pop Up Arcade is run by Press Fire To Win, a Brighton-based games events organisation based right here in Brighton. Press Fire To Win is the work of Jo Summers, aka @profaniti, and we have her to thank for Brighton having an event like this at all.
“I’ve always had an interest in games, gaming and game creation, so [it became clear] I would run ‘Press Fire to Win’ as a kind of generic umbrella for games stuff… as well as a way to try and bring all the different parts of game creators / players / curious together.”
It’s an approach that works. Regular attendees of other Brighton games events may recognise familiar faces from, say, Brighton Indies, the monthly pub meet-up for indie devs (actual and aspiring). But there are also plenty of people who simply heard about a party featuring games and chiptune DJs and thought that sounded like a pretty good night out.