The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods

A video game where you avoid hipsters and collect cans for dough.

Torontonians have been park drinking in Trinity Bellwoods since way back in 2003. That’s over a decade of people getting day drunk and not having to worry about the clean-up afterwards. Because, if you’ve ever participated in this tradition, you’d know that the park is also frequented by what animation artist and designer Chris de Castro and his friends like to call “wizards.” They’re people who spend their day with intoxicated hipsters collecting their discarded empties from the green space and taking them to the nearest place to exchange for cash (they typically get $0.5 per can).

And now de Castro is making a video game about these park-roamers, called the Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods. He’s started a Kickstarter project, and describes the game as a way to “explore subjects that surround a large urban park¬†such as gentrification, immigration, urban economies, recycling and public space.” As you can imagine, the game is pretty simple and straightforward. You basically find hipsters (who, of course, all look the same), collect their cans, return them for cash, go home and find ways to spend your new found fortune.¬†

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