Friendship Garden at The MADE
On Friday, September 27th, at The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Friendship Garden hosted an exhibition showcasing the works of developers often underrepresented in the video games industry. From 6-11PM, over fifty community members came out to enjoy seven games diverse both in their gameplay mechanics and developer backgrounds. Attendees also got a chance to make new friends, snack, view presentations from local developers, and win prizes in a raffle supported by local businesses. At the end of the night, players voted on their favorite game, and combined with judges’ scores, we awarded one developer $500.
Check out the games, developers, and pictures from the event below. This was our first event in the Bay Area, and we are looking to keep growing. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay in the know for our next event.
DragonBear studios are a collective of diverse, queer and Indigenous game developers from Melbourne, Australia who are interested in telling compelling stories through whimsy and play.
Paulina Samy (she/her) – Creative & Managing Director. Producer, writer, artist, game & narrative designer who is passionate about accessibility and diverse representation in games.
Ben Boyd – Lead Programmer. Veteran programmer, Experienced Automation Systems Specialist, teaches Software Engineering at RMIT University, and app developer.
Lucy Shi – Concept Artist. An artist with a love of colour, anime, and comfy JRPGs, also a strong believer that happy dogs make the world go round.
Josh Morris – Rigger, 3D Artist. A 3D generalist with a huge passion for tech, poly-optimized character, topology for deformation and rigging.
Chaos Tavern by DragonBear Studios
Chaos Tavern is a co-op adventure game about running a tavern in an Australian inspired Fantasy world. Team up to make magic potions, serve guests, pacify monsters and unlock your tavern’s enchanted powers!
Meena Shamaly – Composer, Musician. Master of sound, poet, and radio presenter with ABC Classic.Passionate about creating music for stories and experiences.
Olivia Haines (she/her) – 3D Artist. 3D artist, illustrator and independent game developer.
Dan Szabo – Generalist Programmer. Devoted to creating games that offer new ways to experience the world.
Phoebe Watson – Indigenous Game Designer & Cultural consultant.
Games designer, creative thinker and bundle of fun.