Games festival offers hundreds of free activities

Montreal Joue showcases the city's booming gaming culture at more than 45 libraries and venues

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During the 5th annual edition of Montreal Joue Festival, kids and adults are invited to immerse themselves into the world of gaming. Organized by Bibliothèques de Montréal, the event takes place from Feb. 25 until March 12 and includes more than 200 free activities showcasing video, board, card and role-playing games.

More than 45 libraries across Montreal will be hosting activities, including Benny Library, Marc Favreau Library and Bibliothèque L’Octogone, as well as other locations like the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), Concordia University and St. Denis St.

“We are trying to put forward Montreal’s gaming culture and promote great institutions: our libraries,” says Gentil Pich, a representative from Bibliothèques Montréal.

Pich says a highlight will be the Montreal Indie Games taking place Feb. 25 at the SAT where many of the city’s independent game companies will showcase their products.

On Feb. 26, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BaNQ) will host Retro Game Day. Here, kids can get acquainted with video games from Nintendo, Sega and Atari that their parents enjoyed in their youth. The event will also display rare games and consoles.

Back again this year is the Zombie Survival Night at the Frontenac Library on March 3 where participants ages 13 and up must make their way through aisles of bookshelves and escape the ghoulish creatures in order to win a prize.

During the weekend of March 10 to 12, the Centre Charbonneau will be holding the Jeux de  Société de Montréal event that features conferences and booths with information on gaming companies, as well as the opportunity to play various table games. A board-game creation group workshop will also be held for young children. These games will be presented to the public and a jury will pick a winner.

Most events will take place in French, with some bilingual activities.

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