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Slamdance Game Competition Ends in Dissolution
by Ian Bogost January 26, 2007
In the wake of the controversy, many of us have been waiting to learn of the outcome of the Slamdance Guerilla Gamemakers Competition. There are not yet full reports from those in attendance (although Patrick Dugan promises one early next week), but I do have some snippets of news from speaking with a few folks in attendance.
- The competition dissolved entirely, with no awards given out
- The panel discussion began with reproaches of Baxter, but evolved into a discussion of SCMRPG and the differences between games and film
- Peter Baxter took those in attendance to lunch and they discussed the future of the game competition
- As I understand it, Baxter continued to justify pulling SCMRPG based on the possibility of future civil action, e.g. in the case that a shooting took place in Park City that could be tied to the showing of the game