GameCity reveals biggest ever festival line-up

A swimming pool, a bandstand and an ancient cave system: just some of the places where you’ll be able to play never-before-seen games during the ninth annual GameCity Festival.

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A swimming pool, a bandstand and an ancient cave system: just some of the places where you'll be able to play never-before-seen games during the ninth annual GameCity Festival.

With more events than ever before, the festival schedule is now available on the GameCity website.

Created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, GameCity 9 runs from 25 October to 1 November 2014 in venues across the City of Nottingham, with free access to members of the public.

"We couldn't be more excited about this year's lineup," said GameCity director, Iain Simons. "We have an incredibly diverse array of games, events and speakers from all over the world, from the smallest indie project to the 30-metre-long projection track of Hiroshi Inukai's amazing installation Sports Time Machine, playable for the first time ever in the UK."

GameCity will also be taking to the water with AReef, as children swim with tablet computers in waterproof casing to chase fish and swim through hoops at Victoria Leisure Centre in Sneinton.

We have an incredibly diverse array of games, events and speakers from all over the world.

Iain Simons, GameCity director

Other highlights include a special celebration of the written word when GameCity will temporarily replace all its graphics with text; the revelation of the winner of the coveted GameCity Prize; and a dramatic expansion of the Open GameCity programme to showcase new and experimental work.

"Open GameCity enables people from all backgrounds to get new projects, ideas, installations and work-in-progress games in front of an audience," said Producer Chloe Smith. "And now it's bigger than ever - more than twice the size of last year. There's even more variety: more workshops, more talks, and more invitations for players to give feedback directly to game creators through early-access playtesting."

As a climax to the festival on the afternoon of Saturday 1 November, an ancient Nottingham tradition will be revived as the Sheriff of Nottingham once more invites the public to prove themselves worthy of a grant of land, through trials of skill and ingenuity. Thousands of participants will undertake unusual and exciting challenges at locations across the city in an effort to have a piece of land in Nottingham formally dedicated to them. The two-hour family event will commence in Market Square with a dramatic fanfare specially composed by Daniel Rosenfeld, famed for his work on the Minecraft soundtrack.

For more information, timings and sign-up details visit the GameCity website.

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    About GameCity
    GameCity creates new connections between videogames and the world. Since 2006, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, it has staged the annual GameCity festival in Nottingham, which celebrates the medium's creative and cultural diversity.

    Its pioneering new approaches to public engagement have won acclaim from critics and audiences internationally.

    GameCity is proud to receive support and backing from Nottingham Trent University and a range of private and public sector partners including Nottingham City Council, Broadway Media Centre, and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University is at the forefront of pioneering research into interactive technologies and their impact on society. From stroke rehabilitation through remote controlled devices to games designed to change attitudes to social problems – its research groups are advancing games culture in the fields of education, health, disabilities, security, heritage and sports.

    Nottingham Trent University has courses across its schools of Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology and Art and Design for anyone with an interest in videogaming. It also supports graduates with an interest in videogames and digital culture who wish to pursue doctoral research. For more information please contact Professor Nahem Yousaf, academic team leader in the school of Arts and Humanities.

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GameCity reveals biggest ever festival line-up

Published on 18 September 2014
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