Textile Game Controllers

Textile Game Controllers Workshops is a project that consists of a series of workshops and a game jam in partnership with Dames Making Games (DMG) Toronto and the game:play Lab.

These events aim to share and educate members of the greater DMG community on how to use e-textile materials to fabricate their own game controllers. Each workshop shares a new construction skill that participants use to expand on their knowledge and ability to create bespoke controllers.

This series contains five workshops and culminates in a three-day-long remote game jam:

  • Intro to Textile Game Controllers, November 14, 2018
  • Body-Centric Game Controllers, March 27, 2019
  • Wearable Game Controllers, October 30, 2019
  • Stitch and Stuff, November 26, 2019
  • Fun with Felting, January 15, 2020
  • Textile Game Controllers Jam, May 30, June 6, June 11, 2020

In these workshops, we shared how to use e-textile material to fabricate: digital switches, analog sensors, digital switches placed on the body, and hardware only games.

This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage Grant.

These workshops are created by Dames Making Games, game:play Lab, and the Social Body Lab