Experience the future of storytelling hands-on in our free interactive new media venue, The Woz at Hotel Indigo. We’ve partnered with our sponsor Michigan State University to bring you a showcase of transmedia projects that go beyond traditional screens, to the place where film and technology intersect, and you are part of the story.

2016 Programming Lineup

The Woz Hours:
12 noon – 9 pm | Wednesday-Saturday | Hotel Indigo
12 noon – 5 pm | Sunday | Hotel Indigo

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is the latest sensation in the rapidly evolving landscape of virtual reality technology: a combination of a VR headset and a movement tracking device that lets you move around and physically interact in virtual worlds. At The Woz, you’ll be among the first to try out this new technology and explore immersive worlds in ways never before possible. Travel under the ocean and visit sunken ships and coral reefs in “TheBlu;” bring your imagination into a new dimension by making 3D paintings with “Tilt Brush;” live out a day as a mechanic, office worker, or short order cook in a crazy robotic world with “Job Simulator;” test your aim as you take down virtual targets in “Space Pirate Trainer;” and experience the evolution of “Minecraft” in virtual reality. All of this and more is waiting for the brave, the adventurous, the curious, and the creative, this year at The Woz.

Rocket League and Live Esports Casting

Enjoy playing soccer? How about playing soccer with rocket-powered cars? With “Rocket League,” that is exactly what you get to do. Use your rocket engines to direct a ball into your opponent’s goal while participating in a demolition derby match! “Rocket League” is taking eSports by storm, so stop by our casting booth to take a turn as a commentator and call a match.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Virtual reality takes the party game experience to a new dimension in “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.” One player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are “Experts” who must give instructions on defusing the explosive by deciphering information found in a bomb manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so the players need to talk it out—before the timer hits zero!

Gamedev @ MSU

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Meet the next generation of game developers and explore their diverse collection of student-created games. Become a Rogue and fight your way out of exile in this recently Kickstarted hack ‘n slash game, Rogues Like Us; partner up with a friend in the co-op arcade beat ’em up Asundr; explore asteroid fields and wreckage as a stranded space pilot in the virtual reality experience DROP. Check out MSU Gamedev on Facebook!

That Dragon, Cancer

If cinema is the seventh art, this powerful indie game makes a compelling case for gaming as the eighth. “That Dragon, Cancer” is an autobiographical game based on developer Ryan Green’s experience of raising his son Joel, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at twelve
months. A profound and enveloping experience that highlights the power of gaming as a storytelling medium.

Her Story

Fans of “Serial,” do yourselves a favor and check this out: “Her Story” is an interactive movie video game that’s sure to bring out your inner detective. Search though a database of video clips taken from fictional police interviews and use them to solve the case of a missing man. This critically acclaimed game has been praised for its unconventional gameplay, character performance, and narrative

Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab

Explore how games can go beyond entertainment in the latest creations developed by the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at Michigan State University. Your baby dragon has gone missing in this magical children’s adventure game, Saving Draggy; The fun and quirkiness of your favorite farming and city-building games meet the richness and vibrancy of Jewish ritual, history, and thought in Kerem B’Yavneh; Help Sparty grab as many cotton tufts and roses as he can before the big game in Reach Higher; and more.

Become the Story: Virtual Reality Films

HuffPost’s RYOT brings three of their most recent virtual reality documentaries to TC. Inside Trump’s America is the ultimate Trump rally experience. The Dolphin Project is the first virtual reality film that takes you swimming underwater with wild dolphins, showing that the intelligent creatures belong in their natural habitat. And in Confinement, you become an inmate in solitary confinement, much like the prisoners explored in this year’s festival selection Solitary.