If you didn't get to check out new fighter game Skullgirls or strategy game Skulls of the Shogun at E3 earlier this month, you'll have a chance on Saturday night at GR2, the art gallery/shop associated with “Asian pop culture and beyond” magazine Giant Robot. Both games will be featured as part of Game Night 5.
For Game Night, a series dedicated to bringing new and frequently independently-made games to an outdoor/indoor setting. Giant Robot works with Meat Bun, Attract Mode, Angry Bananas, and LA Game Space.
“It sounds huge, but in the end, it's just a few people,” says Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura.
It's fitting that Giant Robot, a magazine that has long championed up-and-coming artists and underground music, would be involved in an event that focuses largely on indie games.
“Games are a part of our lives, so they simply fit, but on many levels as well,” says Nakamura. “We like the idea of technology, social interaction, the spirit of indie gaming, and creating, whether it's a game or it's an event.”
Game Night is held every two months, showcasing the work of different developers. Previous events have featured games like Bit Trip Runner and Typing of the Dead.
“A lot of the games we show are homemade super indie, and this might be the only time you can see them,” says Nakamura.
Games are played both indoors and outdoors, with the outdoor games projected onto an exterior wall.
The selections for Game Night 5 also happen to have earned a good amount of buzz at this year's E3 event. Both Skullgirls and Skulls of the Shogun had received nods for being the best in their genre by various game publications.
Skullgirls a fighting game created by artist Alex Ahad and fighting game champion Mike Z. that won us over with its intriguing character design and competition-friendly elements. Skulls of the Shogun is a strategy game revolving around the story of a general who dies, only to find out that his identity has been stolen in the afterlife. It features striking artwork inspired in part by vintage anime and vinyl toys. Read more about them in “Skullgirls: The Next Big Fighting Game?” and “Skulls of the Shogun: Will a New Strategy Game Be the Breakout Hit of IndieCade's E3 Booth?”