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Posts tagged “GameCity”

The Gothic Revival: Off The Map

The Off The Map competition is my favourite part of GameCity. Admittedly, I might enjoy the actual event if I ever managed to drag my self to Nottingham while it was happening, but the delights that Off The Map produces would still be fairly high in the rankings. The competition "challenges higher education students based in the UK to create gaming software inspired by the…

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Feature: Party Down Down Up Up Left Right

Party Games: Dog Park And GameCity’s Grand Finale

Every month, we dispatch Brendan to some of gaming’s best blowouts to schmooze and play party games with the partygoers. This week, he visits GameCity, pretends to be a dog, and listens to some spoken word performances about games. It’s Saturday night and I’m standing in one of Nottingham’s oldest pubs, where a Tekken 3 arcade cabinet is blinking in front of me. Two of…

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Feature: EA and the NHS

CryEngine & The British Library: 2013’s Unusual Team Up

It's October 2013 and I'm sitting in a large auditorium at the UK's best games festival, GameCity, awaiting the reveal of the Off The Map competition. Student developers were given access to three different historic maps from The British Library as their inspiration: The Pyramids of Giza, Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, or London around the time of the Great Fire in 1666, allowing them to interpret the…

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GameCity Festival Returns To Nottingham Next Month

I was extremely disappointed to miss last year's GameCity. Everybody I've spoken to who was there speaks about it in reverent tones. Actually, scratch that, there's no reverence at all. It's happiness, the remembered joy of sharing a splendid, creative, social hobby with a wide array of pleasant people. I won't make the same mistake this year, although I'll probably only visit for one or…

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GameCity Loves Minecraft

If you were listening to BBC Radio 4 earlier this morning, you'd have heard the presenters of the Today programme poking that most ancient, tedious and meaningless of chestnuts - are games art? While it was grand indeed to hear Auntie's invaluable but oft-haughty talk station taking games this seriously, everyone involved loses points for not saying "it just doesn't matter, and why does no-one…

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A Tale Of Two Gamecities

It was the best of times. It was the worst of timetabling. Somehow, in the videogame cultural desert that is the UK, two progressive, forward looking and fun videogame events got scheduled in the same week. Nottingham's GameCity, in its second year, "explores videogames in new ways, trying to uncover the most interesting parts of their culture and inviting you to join in. You'll find…

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