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.
Computer gaming veteran Ed Fries, who held a key role in the team behind the original Xbox, will give a talk at Abertay University on Tuesday 8th July.
Fries lays claim to over 30 years of industry experience, during which he helped to shape the launch of the Xbox, being pivotal in bringing developers Bungie and Rare to Microsoft. He also served as Vice President for Games Publising for Microsoft before leaving the company in 2004.
Fries is currently CEO at FigurePrints, along with being involved with several companies in an advisory role, including the International Game Developers Association.
There’s reason to celebrate at Manchester-based independent developer White Paper Games, as the teams long-term project Ether One is finally available.
Development on Ether One began almost three years ago, since then a mix of both professional funding and online support have helped White Paper Games see the project through to fruition.
Student game developers DOS Studios, picked up the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award at the the British Academy Games Awards thanks to their nomination through the Dare to be Digital contest.
Dare to be Digital is an eight-week student game design contest ran by the Abertay University in Dundee each summer. It is the only way through to a One to Watch Award nomination.
The winning game, Size DOES Matter, is a side-scroling action game for mobile devices in which the player as to match different sized blocks to a continuous series of gaps. It was created by Mattis Delerud, Nick La Rooy, Trond Fasteraune, Silje Dahl and Lars Andersen.
The game also won a £25,000 prize as part of the Channel 4 award at last years Dare ProtoPlay games festival, allowing an updated version of the game to be published later this year by Channel 4.
The Victoria and Albert Musuem (V&A) and Abertay Univerity Dundee will work together in conjunction with international partners in order to find new ways of displaying game design in museums.
Entitled ‘Videogames In The Musuem’ the project is one of six in a network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council that looks to help videogame innovation in the future.
The project will look to show how design decisions are made within the creative games industry.
The University of Abertay Dundee’s Prototype Fund has made available £25,000 in funding for gaming companies.
The Prototype Fund has funded almost 70 developers across Britain and is supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund, the Government’s Department of Business Innovation and Skill and of course the University itself.
London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum has appointed its first ever games designer.
Sophia George, former student at the University of Abertay, will be joining the art and design museum for a six-month residency starting this October.