I’d heard a lot about IndieCade over the last year, so I made a point to submit the Choosatron in hopes to experience it myself. They actually ended up taking the Choosatron sent for judging to E3 for people to enjoy, and it was later accepted into the festival! I arrived a full day early so I could spend time with a close friend, get settled into my AirBnB, buy a few groceries, and watch animal shows on Netflix. Then began my first day, which was actually IndieXchange, a business oriented meetup before IndieCade began.
I remember meeting Ryan Wiemeyer of The Men Who Wear Many Hats at the Wild Rumpus party at GDC. He had, of course, a hat on, and I, of course, was holding a Choosatron. ABC, Always Be Closing right? He struck me as a reserved individual that didn’t smile a lot. This is not meant as a negative reflection, on the contrary! He had poise, and didn’t waste words, but there was respect. I’m an extrovert so when I meet people who hold themselves with a bit more decorum, I have to calibrate a bit.
The Choosatron was nominated for the WTF! award at A Maze in Berlin. I honestly didn’t think we’d make it over there (Megan, my acting project manager, and myself), but by the grace and generosity of the friends and supporters of the Choosatron we made it happen! THANK YOU ALL, so freakin’ much. Now about the festival!
The Choosatron got into Alt.Ctrl.GDC which as the name suggests consists of hybrid software and hardware projects using alternate control and output schemes. So, kind’of perfect! The exhibit, organized by the amazing John Polson, was the first big event for the Choosatron, and I was slightly terrified. Thankfully my partner Megan has been project managing, and attended with me.