To-Do In New York City: Babycastles Art Arcade Opening

Los Angeles people get Indiecade this weekend. New Yorkers get Babycastles, the upstart art arcade group that kicks off its biggest event tonight.

Today's opening launches Babycastles Arcade @ The Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery (east of Third Avenue). The exhibition is a confluence of games you can play, art and music, with a rotation of exhibitions throughout the next several weeks. Tonight's free opening starts the run with Babycastles: A Retrospective, featuring side-scrollers that were shown at the group's earlier exhibitions.

The games slated for tonight's opening are:

* Nidhogg (Messhof)
* Canabalt(Adam Atomic)
* KILLJET (Tristan Perich)
* Bit.Trip Runner (Gaijin Games)
* Ultraquest (Marc Arenas)
* Deceptive Platformer (Nocturnal Minds)

Exhibitions will change throughout the weeks, but from personal experience I suggest you anticipate the esoteric and the interesting. The last time I saw the Babycastles guys, they had me play a game that had been made in a few hours — the monitor running the game was installed inside an oven.

Tonight's opening runs from 7-11pm, free admission.

For more information check out the official Babcastles site (which auto-plays music, just so you know).