Exhibition: Game/Play, UK

We are presenting a special hour long ABIOGENESIS performance on Thursday July 27th 7.00pm ñ 8.00 pm (UK time, click here for the time in your area) for the exhibition Game/Play presented online, at the HTTP Gallery in London, and Q-Arts in Derby.

more information: http://www.game-play.org.uk
Playful interaction and goal-oriented gaming explored through media arts practice.

The exhibition opens at two different venues, in the UK and then joins, to tour as a single touring show. Game/Play is a networked national touring exhibition in the UK, focusing on the rhetorical constructs game and play.

Game/Play Artists:
Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Jetro Lauha, Julian Oliver, Kenta Cho, Mary Flanagan, Low Brow Trash, Paul Granjon, Simon Poulter, Giles Askham, Jakub Dvorsky, Long Journey Home, PRU, Q Club, Furtherfield, Tale of Tales.

The Endless Forest, Version 2.0

We are proud to announce the release of version 2.0 of The Endless Forest today! This is a very exciting release which includes the ability to change the look of the deer avatars using Forest Magic, the first wave of new expressive actions, a lovely forest hang-out in the form of a hollow Old Oak Tree, further development of our ABIOGENESIS system, and more surprises! All this, and of course numerous bug fixes and overall improvements, make this a must have release. We truly look forward to seeing you in The Forest!

Download The Endless Forest 2.0

New Beta of the Screensaver client

For those of you who have not been daring enough to try the experimentalstreaming beta client (which has been updated almost nightly with new additions) We have compiled an updated beta of the Screensaver version of The Endless Forest.

This new version contains The Pond area and everything you need to witness the ABIOGENESIS performances in their full glory.

So, if you are interested in these new features download version 1.5 beta 12 of The Endless Forest Screensaver.

I am sure we will meet some of you in Leuven. And as usual, see you in The Forest!

Introducing: ABIOGENESIS

ABIOGENESIS is the name of our performance system currently under development. This will allow for spectacular, spontaneous, natural and magical events in the Forest.

For your information ‘Abiogenesis’ is a scientific term which means spontaneous generation, the generation of life from non-living matter.

The ABIOGENESIS system will be used in February for the premiere of our live performance series “The Twin Gods Festival” at the STUK arts center in Leuven, Belgium. This performance can be attended both at the venue as well as from your comfortable personal computer.

We’ve made a page with a few screenshots to give you an idea of what’s in store.

More discussion about this in the Forum.

The Forest in the Press

We’ve been receiving favorable mentions in the press lately. The Endless Forest seems to appeal to a wide cross-section of the tech culture saavy.

From the hardcore action crowd at PC Gamer (UK):

To the fashionistas of Glamour Magazine (Italy):

To the trendy art crowd at Rhizome.org (USA):

Not to mention the many blog entries out there!

We thank you all for spreading the good word about The Forest! We’ll keep up the good work! 😉

Version 1.5 final released and press round-up

We have released a final version of The Endless Forest 1.5, so please update if you have not already. This version is quite a bit bigger than version 1.0 but that is because there is so much more to see! There is now a beautiful pond in the forest and much more space to run around in. We’ve added more animals that scurry and more plants and flowers. In addition, the Twin Gods are there with you giving impromptu showings of power and spectacle! We hope that you will enjoy this new release. From now until April we are hard at work on version 2.0 which will introduce many, many more activities for deer in the forest.

In other news, during the Artefact festival here in Belgium we received quite a bit of attention from the local press. Here we link to a few articles. They are in Dutch, of course. But even if you don’t understand the language we think you might enjoy seeing/hearing them.

Version 1.0 beta 5 released

The Endless Forest 1.0 beta 5 is now available! You can get it from our Download page.
Additions in this version include the new “hop” action and the final resting places of graves and idols marking the end of the Ename Tardis exhibition.

Another exciting addition in this version is our first experiments with the live performance mode. When Auriea and Michael are there strange events become commonplace! Expect the unexpected in the forest from now on. 😉

If you’ve not downloaded a new version in awhile you should definitely update to see the new surprises.

For more info see the thread in the forum.

Version 1.0 Final, released finally =)

We are proud to announce that after extensive testing and bug fixing the public beta period is over and we pronounce The Endless Forest version 1.0 complete!

It is recommended that all players update to this version.

Among the lovely additions is the ability to climb onto The Ruin, to jump spectacularly while running by pressing the keyboard ‘H’ key, and various surprise effects to be played in real-time by Auriea and Michael, your friendly resident divine ones.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with testing, comments and moral support!

More about all this in the Forum