The Hand Eye Society, a collective of Toronto’s video game developers, will be having their 3rd social of 2010 on the evening of Thursday, May 27 at the Unit Bar in Toronto, which isÂ located at 1198 Queen St West and may be difficult to find (see the bottom of this post for more detailed directions)*.Â These socials usually open with some sort of video game presentation, and this one will be no exception.Â Doors open for the event at 7 p.m., and the half-hour presentation will begin around 8 p.m.Â However, it is suggested that attendees arrive at 7:30 p.m. since the Unit Bar is quite a small space and is likely to be packed shortly before 8 p.m.Â After the presentation, the “social” part of the social will begin and bring opportunities for all to chat with some of Toronto’s biggest video game developers.
The special guest at this event will be Brandon Boyer, an editor for www.boingboing.net , founder of www.offworld.com, and a former writer for Edge magazine.Â Most recently, Boyer wasÂ named Chairman of the Independent Games Festival (IGF).
UPDATE: In addition to an appearance by Brandon Boyer at this event, Mark Essen Hoffman (aka MESSHOF), who has garnered attention from his unique, artsy games, which are usually made with Game Maker, presents his newest game, Nidhogg, a game that was commissioned by NYUâ€™s Game Center.
This should prove to be a very fun evening for those who are interested in video games and the Toronto video game industry.Â You can join The Hand Eye Society’s Facebook group (if, of course, you’re in to that sort of thing) to get regular updates about their events including the upcoming social that isÂ mentioned in this post.
*NOTE: The Unit Bar is a very inconspicuous bar that is located just a few steps east of the Gladstone Hotel.Â See the Google map for a street guide of this place.