See the Crazy Game Fest That Went Down on Governor’s Island [Photos]

The Floor is Dodgeball

A moment from the beginning of a round playing Pete Vigeant’s “The Floor is Dodgeball,” where teams had to battle while avoiding imaginary lava. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

One of Brooklyn’s most successful video games started as something like a soccer adaptation played out on Governor’s Island one afternoon. Killer Queen Arcade, the first arcade cabinet game to ship with built in beer holders, had its first competitions on plain old grass.

Every summer on Governor’s Island, the Come Out and Play Festival brings its field day to New York City.  It’s a chance for game designers to try out innovative games that can only be played outside, with a lot of people and a lot of space.

This year’s field day showed off 11 games, weird new competitive creations that enthusiasts would be hard pressed to find another chance to play again. The Observer showed up and took photos during four of the most popular events from the day.

This is how the people who make the video games you love spend their summer weekends (sometimes).

A player in "The Floor is Dodgeball" goes mad with power. The game mixes dodgeball with capture the flag, while limiting where players may step.

A player in “The Floor is Dodgeball” goes mad with power. The game mixes dodgeball with capture the flag, while limiting where players may step. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

The moment the purple team won this round.

The moment the purple team won this round. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

"The Floor is Dodgeball"

A final victory for team yellow, in “The Floor is Dodgeball.” (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

Bad Apples

A gatherer’s skilled fencing foils a hunter in “Bad Apples,” from Andrew Lohmann, a resource scouting game mixed with Quidditch. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

The clash of bubbles! A race begins in ESI Design's "Tough Bubbler."

The clash of bubbles! A race begins in ESI Design’s “Tough Bubbler.” (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

"Tough Bubbler"

That moment when you get stuck upside down inside a giant bubble while running an obstacle course. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

"Tough Bubbler"

She’s not going to win this race, but that’s okay. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

"Pirate Dodgeball"

Two ships face off in Oliver Hong’s “Pirate Dodgeball,” a game where teams of sword fighters and bombardiers hang together as a fixed unit to fight on an open field. (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

Games are all about the gear. The swords and cannon balls of "Pirate Dodgeball."

Games are all about the gear. The swords and cannonballs of “Pirate Dodgeball.” (Photo: Brady Dale for Observer)

See the Crazy Game Fest That Went Down on Governor’s Island [Photos]