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V&A Game Designer Opens Scottish Videogame Festival

Published August 7, 2014 by |

Sophia George, the first-ever resident Game Designer for the Victoria & Albert Museum has opened Scotland’s biggest videogame festival, Dare Protoplay in Dundee.

Organised by Abertay University, the event showcases the best of Scottish videogame design and creativity, including fifteen games from the Dare to be Digital student competition and over 30 independent games.

Independent developers will compete for a £25,000 innovation prize from Creative Scotland.

iPad title Strawberry Thief, Sophia George’s first game developed in her role at the V&A and based on the art of William Morris, will also be given its first public preview.

Professor Louis Natanson, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University was enthusiast about the launch of the festival.

“Dare ProtoPlay is always a very exciting event for the students who’ve worked so hard to create a brand new game for the Dare to be Digital competition, and the thousands of members of the public who get to play these games.

“What is perhaps most important about the festival is it brings together people of all ages to meet both emerging and professional game developers, helping the public to understand how games are made – and to inspire young people to start creating their own games.”

Dare Protoplay is free to enter and runs from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th August, with the winning games announced at 2pm on Sunday.