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New Gaming Festival Kicks off in Dundee

Chloe Henderson

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THIS festival

Gaming convention THIS Festival kicks off in Dundee this Thursday in a celebration of local and international gaming. 

THIS festivalTHIS Festival Dundee is set to kick off this Thursday in a celebration of all things gaming, from games design and development to game-play and culture. Hosted by publishing giant DC Thompson, THIS Festival will feature an array of events including a Street Fighter ESports tournament and the Games Design Awards.

The event is also being hosted in association with a number of pop-culture organisations including Dee Con, an anime and comics convention, and Arcadia, an exploration of independent, experimental, and alternative games.

The full event portfolio is as follows:

Arcadia

Arcadia is a ‘grassroots celebration’ exploring independent, alternative, and experimental play in games, space and culture. It will feature a range of talks, workshops, and panels oriented around local and international creators, as well as a late-night warehouse party featuring ‘dubtek’ live sets from Main Ingredient (Edinburgh) and Amorphic (London).

The Grand Theft Auto design team will be delivering a panel on design, and BAFTA Scotland will be there to talk about advocacy in gaming.

Dare AcademyTHIS festival

A diverse range of six new prototype games created at this year’s inaugural Dare Academy competition will be publicly showcased for the first time at the festival. Ranging from a virtual reality stealth shooter to a game focusing on dementia, the games have all been created by student teams from Abertay University in Dundee competing for international work placements to China, India and the US.

Dee Con

An anime and comics convention including workshops and talks, fan art, retro games, cosplay, and keynotes delivered by well-known members of the animation and comics industry.

Dundee Rasberry Jam

An event for members of the Raspberry Pi community to showcase all that can be done with a Raspberry Pi, and to get more people interested in the technology.

ESports Tournament

Abertay University will be hosting a ‘Street Fighter V’ Esports tournament, with teams of three battling it out in front of a live audience for a cash prize. Teams from several of Dundee’s games studios, including Ninja Kiwi, YoYo Games, and TAG Games, will go head to head, as well as staff and students from the University. Audience members will also have the opportunity to take on industry pros in a grudge match.

THIS festivalGame Design Awards 2017

THIS Fest will be holding a Game Design Awards to celebrate the best in games design from around the world, from indie to AAA.  Categories include Best Character Design, Best Experimental Game, Game Design New Talent, and more.

100% Gaming Zone

Children’s gaming magazine 110% Gaming will feature a dedicated kids zone, and will host the Kids Choice Awards as part of the wider Game Design Awards.

THIS festival will also feature a free play arcade zone, guest speakers, street food, themed bars, and more. It will take place from 7 to 10 September, at West Ward Works, Dundee.

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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