Spring and Summer Events

International Hobo has a busy year ahead! You can catch us at the following events this Spring and Summer:

Conference: GDC 2019
Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd March
Moscone Centre, San Francisco

We are meeting with publishers at GDC this year to discuss two of our game projects being made by our new ihobo games development studio in Manchester UK. Our meeting schedule is now full, but use the contact link if you'd like us to send you a copy of the pitch deck for review.

Talk: "The Virtues of Cyborg Players"
Monday 25th March, Evening
LCAD, Laguna Beach

International Hobo's founder, Chris Bateman, is giving a talk at Laguna College of Art and Design on cyberethics, and the important role that videogame players have had - and will have - in shaping our moral relationship with digital technology over the next few decades. Free admission.

Conference: Develop 2019
Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July
Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton

We are once again at Develop this year. Chris is talking (see below), and the team will be meeting with publishers, developers, and potential clients to discuss our award-winning design and narrative services, promoting game projects under development, and looking for new business opportunities with interested parties.

Talk:"The Narrative Design Survival Guide"
Date TBA
Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton
Don't miss this 'survival guide' for the challenges of narrative design in videogames, from the people who first coined the term! Hot from our acclaimed talk at Develop 18, our founder, Chris Bateman returns to Brighton to give another barnstorming Develop talk, guaranteed to make you think about games and stories in fresh and thought-provoking ways.

Conference: Gamescom 2019
Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th August
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany

Once again at Gamescom to meet with publishers and potential clients. Both Chris and our hard-working producer Patrick will be available for meetings. We will have new games in development to offer to publishing partners, and we are always happy to talk about our award-winning devleopment services in game design and narrative.

Please use the Contact link in the sidebar if you want to get in touch about any of these events! See you there!

 


A Crash Course in Narrative Design

ConfluenceOn 15th February, International Hobo's Founder Chris Bateman will be at Confluence in the Google Academy, London Victory, presenting A Crash Course in Narrative Design:

You came up with a fantastic story, but when you came to put it into the game you discovered the players hated it. Why? The answer could be that while conventional narrative techniques can be applied to videogames, what works in linear media seldom holds together when you put a player into the key role. When you work on game stories, you don't just need a writer – you also need a narrative designer. The title 'narrative designer' was created by International Hobo Ltd in 2001 to describe the unique challenges of combining game design and writing in the context of game stories. Since then, the term has spread out into the games industry – but there is still little understanding among writers from other media as to what narrative design is or why games cannot deliver great stories without it. This crash course in narrative design from the people who coined the term will open your eyes as to how great game stories are not just written, they are also designed.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite.


The Secret of Game Narrative – Live

Adventurex-2018

This Saturday (10th November) at 12:15 pm GMT, ihobo’s founder Chris Bateman is giving a talk at AdventureX entitled The Secret of Game Narrative. The event is being streamed live on Twitch. We hope you’ll join us for this special talk about the unique ways that videogames create and subvert traditional narratives.

12:15 pm GMT, Saturday 10th November 2018.


The Chronicles of International Hobo

ihobo_biglogoBig things are brewing at International Hobo… After nearly two decades of providing our acclaimed game design and narrative services to nearly 60 clients on four continents, we are opening a new office in downtown Manchester and putting together development teams to work on some intriguing game projects of our own. We’re still delivering our award-winning services to clients, but over the next few years we’ll also be dipping our own toes into development and publishing – not to mention some crowdfunding to help those projects get off the ground.

To help our loyal fans, clients, friends, and associates stay abreast of what we’re up to, we’re launching a new email Newsletter, The Chronicles of International Hobo, as a place for keeping track of our game projects, speaking gigs, and crowdfunding campaigns, as well as contractor and staff openings. We’d be truly grateful to anyone who wants to sign up for the Newsletter, using the box in the sidebar here, or via the landing page over at TinyLetter.

We will still be posting updates here at ihobo.com, but the Newsletter will provide additional behind-the-scenes information that won’t be here on the site, including opportunities to collaborate with us on game projects in ways we’ve never offered before.

Please sign up for the Newsletter – and thank you for supporting International Hobo!


Gamescom 2018

Gamescom stepsAt Gamescom again this year, but unusually I have client projects to offer to publishers – and really interesting ones too! Looking forward to finding out what the dev community makes of these games. Still interested in meeting with anyone who needs game design, narrative design, or script services, and also with game writers with experience in narrative design, so let me know if you want to meet up in Cologne.