a summit about romance,
love and sex in games



This summit aims to bring light and love to a somewhat controversial subject in games; even though romance, love and sex are some of the most natural aspects of human behaviour, it is not portrayed very often, or very well in games. We want to bring artists, developers, sound artists and creatives from inside and outside the industry together to celebrate, discuss and create within this marvelous topics.

Lyst is a conference that celebrates and centers around the topic of romance, love, and sex in games. We want to see games developed with more diverse stories, themes and game mechanics.

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Ideas

The Lyst Summit is all about idea creation and experimentation. Even though the subject is serious, the summit is playful and inviting and will yield great ideas and prototypes.

Experiences

The endeavour of going to a boat and dedicating yourself to the subject of Romance, Love and Sex in games will undoubtedly give an experience of a lifetime.

Connections

Our diverse, carefully chosen network of creative individuals inside and outside of the games industry forge invaluable relationships and perhaps future collaborations, over the course of three days.




The Island experience

This summit aims to bring light and love to a somewhat controversial subject in games; even though romance, love and sex are some of the most natural aspects of human behaviour, it is not portrayed very often, or very well in games. We want to bring artists, developers, sound artists and creatives from inside and outside the industry together to celebrate, discuss and create within this marvelous topics.

A funky concept needs a funky venue.
This is why we are hosting the summit's game jam on an island.

Read more about the venue

Lyst is a conference that celebrates and centers around the topic of romance, love, and sex in games. We want to see games developed with more diverse stories, themes and game mechanics.

Lyst Symposium

We are currently finalizing the 2015 symposium programme

Even though the programme officially starts from Friday, people are totally welcome from Thursday after 15:00 to acclimatize, socialize and to set up camp.

On Friday there will be the Symposium that people can join and after (final programme to be announced) we will take the boat to the island together.

Friday evening there will be a party, an arcade, a dinner, some games and the Game Jam begins.

On Sunday there will be presentations, voting and a small award ceremony.

But it's really just about creating a good and cozy working atmosphere and realizing new ideas. If you have a super important project, you are more than welcome to work on that too. We are aiming to be around 40-60 people.

Overall Programme

Thursday:
Island open for setting up camp
Friday (10-17):
Symposium day
Friday evening:
Extra symposium program
Arcade
Party
Game Jam Starts
Friday-Sunday:
Main Game Jam
Saturday:
Various activities during the game jam
Sunday 16h:
Game Jam Ends
Sunday Evening:
Presentation of games and party
Monday before 15h:
Packing up and leaving

Location

This year’s Lyst Summit Game Jam will be held on the island Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland.

The island is an beautiful little island close to Helsinki. The island is inhabited by a handful of artists that kindly have lend us the island.



NB! There are public ferrys going to and from the island all the time, so it will be possible to go to town if needed.

The location is:
Vartiosaari, 00840 Helsinki Finland

What is Lyst?

Lyst symposium is a 1-day conference with inspiring speakers within the topics of romance, love and sex in games. See the programme from 2014 for more info.


What is Lyst Game Jam?

Inspired by jamming out at music gathering, so is game jamming. At a game jam, people with different qualities gather to develop a game within a very limited time constraint, usually 48 hours.

How does it work?

The game jam starts friday evening with a dinner where people get to know their groups, get an introduction and start brainstorming on ideas. The day's after (or during the night if you're ambitious) the development starts. During the two days we'll have some optional creative breaks with massage, yoga, swimming, exercises, games and whatever we can come up with. Sunday at 16h the game jam ends, we'll have presentations a final dinner and a party.

Isn't it just for nerds?

Well, if you by nerds mean people who are really passionate about a subject, then yes. If you mean people with bad social skills and big thick glasses and still living in their mother's basement, then only maybe. We don't judge :)

However, we will ensure a diverse and creative group in the participants. Making a good event is not just about the curated content. It is also about having a diverse and interesting composition of creative individuals. We are inviting artist and thinkers inside as well as outside the games industry.

I cannot draw/program/animate/xxx

Nobody knows how to do everything. And it is not needed to be an expert. You just have to bring your qualities and creativity and then we'll ensure that your team is composed optimally. That means that everything that you will need to develop a game will be represented in your team.

What if I already have a team?

You can apply for the game jam as a team. However, the participation to the game jam is on a selection basis, and we will evaluate your whole team on the same level as we would individuals.

Who is behind

The Lyst Summit is organized by non-profit organizations and people from Scandinavia. They all work with experimental games and public awareness in their own ways.


Copenhagen Game Collective is the initiator and the overall responsible organisation for the network. Copenhagen Game Collective is an experimenting game-and artist collective that challenges and breaks the known boundaries of games. Together with Leikjasamsuðan (IS), Hamar Game Collective (NO) - Spillmakerlauget Øst (NO), YKON (FI), Spillmakerlauget Øst (NO), Collaboratory (SE) and Kjell Håftén (SE), we will organise Lyst in the Nordic region.