onah Warren, assistant professor of game design and development, recently won a 2018 Best Game Award at the Miami @ Play festival.
Warren’s game, “Sloppy Forgeries,” earned first prize at the festival, which features a curated collection of art and design work demonstrating a range of playful experiences. This exhibition champions the diversity and potential of play and the unique ways that games can build community, transcend language and serve as artistic media.
“Sloppy Forgeries” is a fast-paced, two-player, two-mouse, local multiplayer painting game for the computer. Each player is given a mouse, a blank canvas, and a few simple paint tools for choosing color and brush size. Every round, a famous painting from art history is revealed. Players have 90 seconds to copy the painting as quickly and as accurately as possible.
“Inevitably, it is sloppy and bad, which is part of the fun,” Warren said. “You are scored based on how accurate –– pixel-by-pixel –– your painting is versus the original.”