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published Thursday, Aug 07th

V&A Game Designer Opens Scottish Videogame Festival

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.

published Saturday, Jul 05th

Original Xbox Team’s Ed Fries To Speak At Abertay University

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.

published Friday, Mar 28th

Abertay University Welcomes Games Tax Break

Dundee based Abertay University, known for their development of up and coming games developers, has welcomed the games tax break approved by the European Commission on Thursday 27th March.

Abertay University is the home of the Dare to be Digital development competition. It also funds up-start independent developers, such as White Paper Games who recently released their debut effort Ether One thanks to funding from the university.

published Friday, Mar 14th

Dare To Be Digital Students Win BAFTA

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.

published Thursday, Nov 28th

V&A and Abertay University To Research Videogame Displays In Museums

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.

published Friday, Jun 28th

£25,000 Funding Boost Available For UK Gaming Firms

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.