PlayStation Game Runners Winner Announced

by on September 8, 2010

After weeks of voting and deliberation, BLOCKS has been as the winner of PlayStation Game Runners. BLOCKS was chosen ahead of Flags and Hoops meaning it will now be developed and released for the public to play. On October 8th the public will get the chance to check out BLOCKS in London during an open day where anyone can drop in and try the game. All this will be followed by a competition sometime in the evening. The venue is yet to be announced, but as soon as we know where the open day is taking place we will let you lovely folks know. For now, hit the jump to the view the press release in full and some details about the game itself.

PlayStation® Game Runners
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PlayStation Game Runners is an experimental project where PlayStation, members of the public and young people from diverse backgrounds have come together to create social games; PlayStation believe the best games are played as a group.

The project has been developed by PlayStation and Hide & Seek with a team of 8 initial Game Runners who PlayStation have picked to train as game designers to work together to make the games relevant to the public.

There have been three games in development: Flags, BLOCKS & Hoops.

After a series of play tests to develop the games it was decided that the most popular was BLOCKS.

Now that BLOCKS has been announced as the winning game it will be put forward into development and the public will have the chance to check out the game on Friday October 8th in London during an open day where anyone can drop in and try BLOCKS followed by a competition in the evening.

For more information on PlayStation Game Runners and to get involved see http://www.facebook.com/playstationgamerunners – where fans are invited to comment on BLOCKS and support The Game Runners.


”Thanks to the community for voting for BLOCKS” says Carl Christopher-Ansari, Sponsorship Manager for SCEUK. “In all our personal plays and community sampling play testing we found BLOCKS to be an intense game of strategy and precision. BLOCKS is highly competitive and social. People really get their game face on to play this.

“I look forward to seeing BLOCKS going into full production for the live event. It will make for a visual spectacular and a great social night out as we will be playing with very tactile small and large Blocks. It will be an awesome challenge of brainpower and dexterity.”

Alex Fleetwood, Director at Hide & Seek says: “Hide & Seek are thrilled to be a part of PlayStation Game Runners. Working with this inspirational group of young people to develop amazing new social games has pushed our creativity to the limit. BLOCKS is a worthy winner – it’s an incredibly addictive battle of precision, movement and nerve, we can’t get enough of it in the Hide & Seek studio… Niamh, Rodney and Haroon must be stoked! We’re really looking forward to taking everything we’ve learnt from the process so far to help create an incredible event in October – it’s going to be a heap of fun.”


BLOCKS is a three-dimensional game of strategy and precision movement. Two opposing players take it in turns to place the blocks in a 2 x 2 tower. Every face of the block has a PlayStation symbol on it. When a player places a block the symbols on all touching faces must match.

Here’s the tricky bit: all the blocks are a little bit uneven, and so stacking a high tower gets harder and harder. The player who lets the tower topple, or who runs out of time to make a move, loses the game. You’ll need a logical mind and a steady hand to triumph!