Health Bar: Rainbow Road

The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Brighton, UK


“Video game pop-up Health Bar’s soft launch!

If you love video games, but don’t love the played out dude-ified culture . . .

Or if video games intrigue you but you’re worried about being “bad at them” . . .

Health Bar aims to create inclusive and welcoming spaces where you can enjoy the weird and wonderful world of video games. Starting with . . .

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . GO! Rainbow Road: a queer arcade for LGBTQ+ folk and their friends.

Modern and retro consoles . . . Video game-themed craft stalls from Never Not Geeky and X Stitch Adventures . . . And vegan goodness from Cactus Kitchen Gals.”

Ticket price: £3
Estimated attendees: 40

Event Webpage:
Twitter: @HealthBarBTN
Hashtag: N/A

Brochure/visitor guide/handout: N/A

Run by: Health Bar (Matthew HamblionCandice Armah)
With the help of: Cactus Kitchen Girls, Never Not Geeky, X Stitch Adventures
Funders: N/A

Talks given: N/A

Games/Things shown:

  • Dancing Stage Fusion; Konami
  • Street Fighter V; Capcom
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy; Vicarious Visions
  • Mario Kart 8; Nintendo
  • WarioWare; Nintendo
  • ARMS; Nintendo
  • Four Swords Adventures; Nintendo
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash; Nintendo
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; Nintendo
  • Endless Ocean; Arika
  • Rayman Origins: Unisoft
  • Super Monkey Ball; Sega
  • BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend; Arc System Works

Live Games run: N/A

Workshops held: N/A

Games made: N/A


Recordings: N/A

Blogs/articles/write-ups: N/A

Misc other: N/A

Submitted to Interstice by: Matthew Hamblion

VideoBrains June: Accounting

28/06/17 (7pm–10pm)
The Blacksmith & Toffeemaker, London, UK


VideoBrains is a night of games discussion featuring the hottest takes, the wittiest wisdom, the talks to talk about. We’re all about creating diverse, inclusive conversation from all points of view and backgrounds on videogames.

Ticket price: £5.80–8.40
Estimated attendees: N/A

Event Webpage:
Twitter: @VideoBrains

Brochure/visitor guide/handout:  N/A

Run by: Jake Tucker, Thryn Henderson, Rosa Carbó-Mascarell, Oli Kill
With the help of: Not applicable.
Funders: Patreon

Talks given:

  • Anna Hollinrake – idle animations are like falling in love
  • Florencia Minuzzi & Dustin Connor – Conversations in Games – no, not the life-changing, world-shattering kind.
  • Tom Battey – Confessions of a Former Monster Hunter
  • Colm Seeley & Stuart Burnside (for the BFI) – Does a Tree have a nationality?
  • Tom Davison – Homes as Emblematic Spaces

Games shown:

Not applicable.

Live Games run:

Not applicable.

Workshops held:

Not applicable.

Games made:

Not applicable.

Performances given:

  • PACMAN: A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS – created by Grant Howitt – performed by Elizabeth Simoens, Thyrn Henderson, Adam Dixon, Johnathan Prior, Anna Hollindrake

Photos: (Sarah Cole, Flickr)





Misc other: N/A

Submitted to Interstice by: Sarah Cole

Feral Vector, 2017

Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, UK


‘Feral Vector is a festival about making games and gamelike things.’

Ticket price: N/A
Estimated attendees: 200

Event Webpage:
Facebook: N/A
Twitter: @feralvector
Hashtag: #feralvector

Brochure/visitor guide/handout: N/A

Run by:  David Hayward, Pax Lowey, Eli Rainsberry, Cel Davidson, Amran Anjum, Devlin, Kriss, Beck Michalak, Jim Thompson, Siobhan Gibson, Shi
With the help of: N/A
Supported by: N/A

Talks given:

  • David Hayward – Introductions
  • Kat Brewster – Don’t Stand So Close to Me: Intimacy in Digital Tech
  • Katie Rose Pipkin – A pre-history of Farmville (and other flower-breeding games)
  • Emma Bearman – Playbox
  • Stuart Lilford – Impostor Syndrome – I’m not really qualified to give this talk
  • Malath Abbas – Collectives, co-working space and community
  • Derek Moody – Whodunnit Manor
  • Anna Hollinrake – Mental Health, with Maslow and friends
  • shi & Kriss – So, you’ve accidentally made a virtual world.
  • Charlotte Gore – Bards Bards Bards: Why everyone should roll a bard
  • Dr. Kim Foale – Victory Points Suck
  • Natalie Clayton – Hammer out a Home: Creating Personal Spaces in Games
  • Tara Copplestone – Games and Archaeology

Games/Things shown:

  • Various, but list N/A

Live Games/Experiences run:

  • Deep Green – by Jim Thompson
  • Settings for Sitting To – Thryn Henderson
  • Business Year 2001: A Business Odyssey – Adam Dixon, Nate Crowley

Workshops/Jams held:

  • Cardboard jam – N/A
  • Arcade Workshop: Makey Makey – Alex Johansson, Katy Marshall
  • Paperjam – Stuart Lilford
  • Arcade Workshop: Arduino – Alex Roberts
  • The Wicker Jam – Jonathan Whiting
  • Arcade Workshop: Alt Ctrl Adventure – Jerry Belich

Misc Other:

  • Controller surgery/exhibit

Photos: N/A

Recordings: N/A

Blogs/articles/write-ups: N/A

Misc other:N/A

Submitted to Interstice by: Sarah Cole