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Designers, scientists and playful members of the public can choose to go head to head or work together at Wellcome Collection's July Friday late spectacular. After the museum closes for the day experts in the culture, science and history of games will gather to discuss what play means to them and to showcase their latest creations.

 Games will be grouped in themed areas reflecting the venue's spaces. Visitors can head to the Reading Room for a collection of word and text based games or to the atrium for a series of challenges. Down in the basement the games will all be about intimacy, including 'Sext Machine' where players will put a computer's pornography-detection skills to the test by sending in pictures of innocuous body parts and group game 'An Encounter in the Woods' where teamwork is required to draw two converging paths on a paper map.

New commissions for the evening include Block Stop, which will take place all over the building as players control an actor's movements and 'Shadow Photocopier' created by George Buckenham (a game designer whose previous gaming inventions include 'Punch The Custard' and ‘Glitch Pigeon’). There will be digital games as well as physical ones, with three that have been created specially for the event, inspired by the Welcome Collection's digital archive. The evening is free but some talks and larger games may require tickets, which can be reserved on the night.



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