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
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University

Since 2013 I have taught game design, experience design, prototyping, and criticism at the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. Previously I have taught at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark and been a visiting scholar at 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 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.