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New York streets play host to annual games and tech festival

The Come Out & Play festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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Welcome to the Come Out & Play Festival!

Hundreds of attendees played in physical and tech-focused games at the annual Come Out & Play festival in New York on a Friday evening in early July. The festival was split up into two parts: After Dark for more device-driven games, and Field Day and Family Day for more sports-related activities.

Super Ship Sinker
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Participants battle it out on the streets

Two teams compete in Super Ship Sinker, a dodgeball-esque game in which players try to sink their opponent's vessel.

Players before a game
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Festival-goers try out #WeAreDanceFace

Players put on virtual reality headsets (made from Google Cardboard) that feed them instructions on which way to bop their heads.

Selfie Deathmatch
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"Selfie Deathmatch" developers prepare to face off

"Selfie Deathmatch" pits players against each other to see who can take the most self-portraits.

Ghosts of Dumbo creators
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Game designers excited to show off their creation

Jon Murray and Yuting Feng showcase Ghosts of Dumbo, in which players walk around a New York neighborhood and play mini games at various locations, all in the pursuit of learning the history of the Dumbo area.

Attendee playing Block Party!
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A crowd gathers to play Block Party!

Block Party allows up to 16 players to compete in fast-paced puzzle games together.

DanceFace players ready to go
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DanceFace players about to perform

After strapping on their headsets, players tuned into the beat of electronic dance music, moving their heads in time to directions fed to them.

The Forger
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"The Forger" tests your artistic eye

One of the non-tech-focused games, The Forger, requires players to discern which of two drawings is real and which is a fake.

Governors Island
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On to Governors Island for physical games

Attendees enjoy sports-related activities, many geared towards younger children, on day two of the festival.

Come Out & Play field
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Last hours of Come Out & Play

Attendees continued to play throughout the second and last day of the event.

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