Paradox Interactive, a developer and publisher of award-winning video games, and Luckyday, a creative film agency and producer of TV and film entertainment, today announced an exclusive sneak peek at “My Urban Playground” at the SXSW Interactive Trade Show this weekend in Austin, Texas. A portion of My Urban Playground, a feature-length documentary about the intersection of video games and urban planning, will debut during “The Swedish Affair” program track at SXSW Interactive, with a screening on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time at the Waller Creek boat house, 74 Trinity, Austin, Texas. The documentary focuses on the use of video games by both civic engineers and creative gamers to conceive and design public spaces, buildings, and entire city expansions. This includes an initiative by the city of Stockholm to plan a new transportation system by using Paradox’s Cities: Skylines, a city-building game from developer Colossal Order.
“Since the release of Cities: Skylines last year, we’ve seen our creative players use it to design thousands of different things, from clever road layouts and traffic simulations to recreations of entire real-world cities,” said Susana Meza Graham, COO of Paradox Interactive. “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that among our millions of players, we have plenty of architects, urban planners, public officials, and many more people who have found parallels between the game and their professional lives. Working with Luckyday to capture this new project here in our hometown has been a wonderful experience and we’re eager to share the process and results with the world.”
My Urban Playground follows a two-year tale of games industry leaders, architects, politicians, and gamers, coming together as new gaming technology and city engineering find common ground in the “gamification” of urban planning. Including interviews with members of UN-Habitat, Mojang, Paradox Interactive, and many more, the documentary explores the ideas and philosophies of gamers and professionals alike for the future of city design. My Urban Playground is planned for release in 2016.
For more information on the debut, please visit “The Swedish Affair” at https://sxsw2016.swedishaffair.net/program/.