About

Pippin Barr makes games.
@pippinbarr
pippin.barr@gmail.com

Pippin playing Tekken with Joburg kids cropGame Maker and Critic
I make Games. I started in 2011 and I like it.
I write Words, which is most usually my take on making games and playing games.
I make Images. You know, drawings, comics, some interactive things, etc.
I wrote a Book. Called How to Play a Video Game.

Lecturer / Designer
Scholar in Residence, Department of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta

I currently teach game design and internet-based interventions and art projects at the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montréal. Previously I have taught game design, experience design, prototyping, and criticism at institutions including the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta, the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the HotSoft Lab at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
I have a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. My Ph.D. was about video game values (PDF). My M.Sc. was about user-interface metaphors (PDF).

Would you like to know more?
A talk at screenshake2015 about how reducing our focus on gameplay in game design can be a good thing (video).
A talk at A MAZE Johannesburg 2014 on the relationships between code and game design (video).
A talk at A MAZE Berlin 2014 on my collaboration with Marina Abramovic (video).
A talk at GDC 2014 called “The Game Designer Is Present: Collaborating with Marina Abramovic” (video, free on the GDC Vault).
A short talk on Curious Games at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (video).
Interviews with The Setup, Electron Dance, and Quote Unquote. A profile by Joystiq.

See the Games pages for links to specific media coverage of my games.
See my Press Kit for press-oriented information about me and my games.