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Saturday, October 20
 

10:00am

Your Cardboard Life with Philippa Rice

You may have noticed some of the GameCity posters decorating Nottingham City Centre and beyond? Nice, aren't they?

Well, they've been designed by brilliant local artist Philippa Rice who you can join in a day of colourful cardboard character crafting creativity! Amazing!

We'll have LOADS of craft materials available. Let your imagination go wild!


Speakers
avatar for Philippa Rice

Philippa Rice

I make comics and illustrations out of paper and cardboard.



Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • A Game By It's Cover
  • Monster and Monster
  • Mighty Mill Games - Tanuki Forest preview
  • aguycalleddave - Destructure
  • 2 Person Games - Space Salvager
  • Speakeasy Games - Exuent
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation

Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/


Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Drawnomic

Drawnomic is– a reactive drawing machine installed at Nottingham Contemporary to explore human-computer interactions where virtual actions in the digital world can influence and create physical change in the real world.

As part of Nottingham Contemporary's Saturday Big Draw Special. Adam Sporne, Director of Urban Angel, will be installing 2 unique reactive drawing machines he has developed based on a variation of the hanging-pen plotter and a Polargraph. 

The Drawnomic machine is used to explore human-computer interactions, where virtual actions in the digital word can influence and create physical change in the real word. 

Drawnomic is capable of working in two distinct modes of operation: passive and reactive. In passive mode it simply recreates an existing image. 

When in reactive mode Drawnomic can accept instruction and input directly, or indirectly from anywhere in the world via RSS and other data feeds. These instructions and inputs are then combined and interpreted by our unique software, the Drawnomic machine than takes a pen (a physical human tool) and uses it to draw the result. 

The reactive mode translates the design process into a world-wide collaboration by utilising live data streams as a base for pattern generation. Due to the dynamic nature of these live data streams, the system generates patterns with unpredictable visuality. Live news feeds from the Internet are analysed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern that is then drawn by the machine. Because of this each drawing is completely unique and a direct result and representation of a specific day or time period. 

This installation coincides with Urban Angel’s ARG ‘ The Malthusian Paradox’. As part of the installation could the Drawnomic machine be interpreting data left by Dr Solomon Baxter delivering secret information that ‘They don’t want you to know!’

See some photos of the Drawnomic machine at work on Flickr.

http://weareamber.com/


Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00am - 6:00pm
Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB

11:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking Intro (Live game development)

Help us create a game… computing students from Nottingham Trent University will be developing a game all week and they need your ideas!Let your warped imagination run wild. Check on their progress every day in Antenna and play the final game when they launch it on Saturday. Other interested developers with laptops are welcome to come and contribute. Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by NTU students, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them.


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Old Market Square: Stage
 
Sunday, October 21
 

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Sunday October 21, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • A Game By It's Cover
  • Monster and Monster
  • aguycalleddave - Destructure
  • 2 Person Games - Space Salvager
  • Speakeasy Games - Exuent
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation

Sunday October 21, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors

Sunday October 21, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Sunday October 21, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/



Sunday October 21, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

2:00pm

LEGO : The Lord of the Rings - First UK showing!

Embark upon an epic quest to unlock the secrets of LEGO The Lord of the Rings, with the first-ever UK showing of this incredible new LEGO game! From TT Games, makers of LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Harry Potter, comes the latest fun-filled adventure to combine the world's favourite toys with the world's favourite stories.

Head of Production Jonathan Smith will take you on an amazing tour of LEGO Middle Earth, packed with action and humour. Suitable for all ages - and particularly recommended for families.


Speakers

Sunday October 21, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

5:00pm

GamerDads Family Retro Night

A night of Retro consoles for all the family - hosted by the GamerDads Community.

Come and try out some of the original and best gaming platforms in the cozy surroundings of the Alley Cafe. We will have a selection of consoles on offer from the dawn of gaming - right up to the (almost) present day available to play. This is a chance to see the development of consoles over the years and try and beat your kids on your own level!

This event is free entry and family friendly.


(Proceeds both from the bar and from voluntary donations will go to SpecialEffect.org.uk – a charity helping children with disabilities have a better quality of life. For some, this means access to fun leisure activities like computer games. For others, it's giving them a voice at a time when they can’t even speak…)


Exhibitors


Sunday October 21, 2012 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Alley Café Cannon Court Longrow West, Nottingham NG1 6JE

5:30pm

Quintin Smith: A Board Game Golden Age

The board game scene today is going supernova, with several incandescent ideas hitting the shelves every month. As an editor of UK board game review site Shut Up & Sit Down, Quintin Smith is at the heart of this supernova, like a baffled, sweaty astronaut. He's going to tell you what's happening, why, and get you very excited indeed.


Speakers

Sunday October 21, 2012 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00pm

Renga - wallFour

"Renga is a feature-length crowd game for cinema screens that mixes new technology, adventure drama and a wry sense of humor. Ambushed and left for dead in deep space, our hero must carefully marshal their resources to build a new ship, confront their nemesis and finally return home. Only this hero isn’t visible on the screen – it’s the entire audience, working collectively to control the action using 100 laser pointers directed at the screen. Turning the traditional hero’s journey on its head, Renga asks the question – what if the ultimate reward can only be grasped by many hands?"

Team up with a big crowd at Broadway Cinema to take on the Renga challenge!

If you missed last year's amazing co-operative adventure on the big screen, now's your chance! Or if you've been dying to have another go, brilliant! Do it! Or if you just really like playing around with laser pointers, now's the time to go wild.

We called last year's event,

"One of the most compelling test-cases for collaborative interactivity"

Adults - £7.50
NUS/Concessions - £5.90
Children (under 12) - £3.50

Tickets available online or in person from Broadway's Box Office.

 


Exhibitors
avatar for wallFour

wallFour

http://wallfour.co.uk/



Sunday October 21, 2012 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham
 
Monday, October 22
 

9:00am

GameCity Breakfasts: You're all going to die.

It's the most important meal of the day!

The sad fact is that all of us, one day, will be dust. All the people you've known, the pets you've loved, the houses you've lived in and, yes, the games you've played, will be gone.

Luckily, there are at least three people in the world who care enough to do something about it. They can't grant you immortality, bring back your hamster, of rebuild your childhood home, but they can preserve your games.

Maybe.

Come along to this lighthearted breakfast, order some toast and ponder your own mortality as those charged with saving games for future generations take your questions about what we should remember and how. This might be your last chance to convince them that your favourite horse grooming simulator should cheat death and be preserved forever.



Monday October 22, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking (Live Games Development)

Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by students from Nottingham Trent University, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them. After taking a live brief from the GC masses – they will be hard at work all week in Antenna trying to make those ideas a reality. Join in, contribute, critique, distract or champion – they look forward to showing you their work in progress.


Speakers

Monday October 22, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Citygories

Citygories is coming to Nottingham! Find designers Eleni and Alexandra all day on one of the Old Market Square screens, and sign up to play with your smartphone.

The game is an urban interpretation of the popular game of categories. A random letter of the alphabet is picked, the round begins and the players are called to spot and photograph elements seen in the city streets beginning with this letter matching the game’s predefined categories. At the end of each round the players gather up back to the starting point and the pictures taken are rated. Scoring system favors uniqueness, ingenuity and interaction between the players,the urban surroundings and citizens. The team/player with the highest score after five rounds is the winner.


Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • aguycalleddave - Destructure
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation
  • ProjectorGames
  • Geniaware - Lords of Football
  • Life of George

Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors

Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/



Monday October 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

Leigh Alexander: Experimental Design Culture

Opportunities to bring gaming for new audiences -- and revisit classic design forms -- abound in the age of mobile and social media. Game industry journalist and critic Leigh Alexander looks at the climate of possibility, and how experimental designers, from new indies to veterans, inherit the mantle of reinvention in a casual presentation.


Speakers

Monday October 22, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

10:30am

Minecraft EDU Workshop

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |



Monday October 22, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:30am

Quest! Make your own Text Adventure! (Age 8+)

Text adventures are games which are about interacting with a story, which is why they are sometimes known as "interactive fiction". They were the very first type of computer game, in an age before graphics. Alex Warren is bringing them up to date, to web browsers and smartphones with the free "Quest" software, available at www.textadventures.co.uk.


In this workshop, no prior knowledge is required - you don't need to have played or even have heard of text adventures before, and you don't need to know how to program. Alex will be giving an introduction to text adventures, we'll be playing some as a group, and then we'll start creating our own games. All you need is your imagination!


Speakers

Monday October 22, 2012 10:30am - 12:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

11:00am

The Night Zookeeper

Night Zookeeper is a cross curricular project for children. They take part in the unique experience of meeting the Night Zookeeper himself and hear his stories at first hand.


Children are immersed in the world of the Night Zookeeper through integrated activities such as painting, creative writing, i-Pad drawing and Drama. They create their own magical animals and invent their own games (missions) for their friends to play.

By participating in the adventures of the Night Zookeeper children paint, draw, sing and play their way through an ever evolving online game designed by children all around the world. The Night Zoo seeks to show children that, like a pencil or a crayon, the World Wide Web is a tool for creative expression and not just a destination for mindless entertainment.


Monday October 22, 2012 11:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 4th Floor, Waterstones, 1 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR

12:30pm

Mike Bithell Gets the advice he needs (promotion)

Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, is joining us every day at GameCity7 for a series of events featuring a team of friendly faces who’ll offer advice on a different subject every day. 

Today, indie videogame journalist pioneer Brandon Boyer will be giving Mike candid advice on promotion. Ever wanted to get the whole world talking about your game? Let's find out how...

Mike is sure to have questions - hope you will have too!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bithell

Mike Bithell

Bossa Studios
I make games, games like Thomas Was Alone and Merlin.
avatar for Brandon Boyer

Brandon Boyer

Venus Patrol
Formerly writer and editor for outlets like Edge, Gamasutra, Offworld and Boing Boing, Brandon Boyer currently serves as the chairman of the Independent Games Festival and as founder of video game culture site Venus Patrol.



Monday October 22, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

2:30pm

Before it's too late : The National Videogame Archive Four years On

Four years ago, almost to the second, give or take a couple of days, the National Videogame Archive was launched. In this session, James Newman, one of the co-founders of the NVA, talks about the challenges of preserving games and gameplay and what the team have learned about preserving games as part of the national cultural heritage over the last 1460 days (approximately).

What can we save, what should we save, what should we forget, who should decide, what are the impacts of digital distribution and the second hand market, what is the value of emulation, and does any of this stuff really matter anyway? A

ll these and many more questions will be asked with some, or fewer, being answered. Joining James on stage will be Henry Lowood from Stanford University whose work on the Preserving Virtual Worlds project and the IGDA game preservation group puts him at the forefront of US game preservation. Videogames are disappearing, come along and help us save them, before it's too late...



Monday October 22, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host National Videogame Archive
  • Tags NVA

2:30pm

Minecraft EDU Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |



Monday October 22, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

2:30pm

Quest! Make your own Text Adventure! (Age 8+)

Text adventures are games which are about interacting with a story, which is why they are sometimes known as "interactive fiction". They were the very first type of computer game, in an age before graphics. Alex Warren is bringing them up to date, to web browsers and smartphones with the free "Quest" software, available at www.textadventures.co.uk.


In this workshop, no prior knowledge is required - you don't need to have played or even have heard of text adventures before, and you don't need to know how to program. Alex will be giving an introduction to text adventures, we'll be playing some as a group, and then we'll start creating our own games. All you need is your imagination!


Speakers

Monday October 22, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

4:00pm

Writing for Comics, Writing For Videogames

Two of the UK's finest comics (and games) writers are visting GameCity7 to impart wisdom, share stories, and sign some books (or whatever is thrust before them).

In this Q+A session, Kieron Gillen and Antony Johnston will answer your questions about their craft and discuss the differences, similarities and challenges of writing for comics and videogames.

Kieron is best known for writing Uncanny X-men and Phonogram and for founding the site to go to for PC gaming news Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Antony is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WastelandDaredevilThe Coldest City, Deadspace and the forthcoming ZombiU.

Don't forget, that on Tuesday Kieron and Antony will be at Page 45 to sign your stuff! For more information click here.

Presented in association with Page 45.

 


Speakers
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.
avatar for Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREDEVIL, THE COLDEST CITY, DEAD SPACE, and ZOMBIU. He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout... Read More →



Monday October 22, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

6:30pm

Decompressed : Live Podcast Recording

DECOMPRESSED is the world's premier comics craft podcast. Or, at least, the premier comics craft podcast which is hosted by Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-men, Journey Into Mystery, Phonogram) and a series of guests, each of whom pick over the minutiae of a recently released issue. This is a rare chance to see DECOMPRESSED live, and its HOT! COMIC CRAFT! CHAT! At the very least, see the bits Kieron cuts because they're inevitably too libelous.


Kieron Gillen was an award winning games journalist and critic, until he got bored of doing that. Now he's an award winning comics writer. He's not bored yet.

Presented in association with Page 45.


Speakers
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.
avatar for Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREDEVIL, THE COLDEST CITY, DEAD SPACE, and ZOMBIU. He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout... Read More →


Monday October 22, 2012 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq
 
Tuesday, October 23
 

8:30am

ITAG - Registration

Day 1 of the Interactive Technologies And Games Conference begins!

 

Register from 08:30-09:15am at Nottingham Conference Centre.

 

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 8:30am - 9:15am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

9:00am

GameCity Breakfasts : Brandon Boyer

It's the most important meal of the day!

Once again, the GameCity Breakfasts are here to set you up for a full day of festival-going with coffee, food and argumentative company.

Today's GameCity Breakfast is hosted by Venus Patrol.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Boyer

Brandon Boyer

Venus Patrol
Formerly writer and editor for outlets like Edge, Gamasutra, Offworld and Boing Boing, Brandon Boyer currently serves as the chairman of the Independent Games Festival and as founder of video game culture site Venus Patrol.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking (Live Games Development)

Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by students from Nottingham Trent University, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them. After taking a live brief from the GC masses – they will be hard at work all week in Antenna trying to make those ideas a reality. Join in, contribute, critique, distract or champion – they look forward to showing you their work in progress.


Speakers

Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

9:15am

ITAG - Introduction

Professor Nasser Sherkat, Acting Dean, School of Science and Technology introduces the Interactive Technologies And Games Conference.

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store


Speakers


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:15am - 9:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

9:30am

ITAG - Keynote Speaker - Professor Pamela Kato

Keynote speaker – Professor Pamela Kato: The games and gamification in revolutionizing healthcare: Risks and benefits

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 




Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:00am

Media Molecule's Tearaway Paper Jam!

Media Molecule say: "Hello. We made LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation 3. We recently announced our new game for PS Vita, Tearaway - an adventure game set in a magical papery world! (tearaway.mediamolecule.com)

We can't show much of the game yet, it's too early, but as Tearaway's art style is very papery, we've been playing around and making lots of things with paper recently, and we thought you might like to too!"

Join Media Molecule, all day Tuesday in the Market Square, and make yourself a fine paper elk.


Exhibitors

Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square: Tables

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • Dlala Studios - Janksy: GameCity Galaxy Sessions
  • Multipie
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation
  • Media Molecule: Tearaway Paper Jam
  • ProjectorGames
  • SEGA: Sonic Jump
  • Tenori-On Demo
  • Studio Ghibli: Ni no Kuni

Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors

Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Racing Room

On Tuesday the 23rd, The Racing Room are taking their HUGE mobile track into the Game City marquee in the Market Square. This event is free to play and will be there all day.

Beyond that, throughout GameCity The Racing Room is throwing open it's doors for all to come and have a race on the massive, landscaped and detailed, permanent Scalextric track at the Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus.

6 cars can be on the track at any one time, change lanes and with some crafty nerdery, your race timings are fully computerised and on display on the leader board.

From Wednesday through to Saturday night, pop in and race your friends. All ages welcome. £1.50 per driver (3 mins Qualifying and a 20 lap race).


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Live Graffiti event with Dilk

Live graffiti with world renowned graffiti artist Dilk. A glimpse into political aspects of graffiti.

Who are Amber?

http://weareamber.com/


Exhibitors


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

ITAG - Integrating serious games...

Integrating serious games in the educational experience of students with intellectual disabilities: towards a playful and integrative model.

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:30am

ITAG - Second-hand masculinity...

Second-hand masculinity: Do boys with intellectual disabilities use computer games to pursue a masculine ideal?

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store



Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:30am

Singing about Gold

You look down this program, see the array of Interactive Fiction Workshops and are thinking something like "Why should I give two monkeys about Interactive Fiction?"? In this personal journey through this texual part of gaming, you'll discover you should give as many monkeys as you're able to gather about Interactive Fiction.

Join Kieron Gillen and he promises not to sit down and sing about gold. Or maybe he will. He's tricky to predict.


Speakers
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

10:30am

Minecraft EDU Workshop

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |



Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

11:00am

ITAG - ViPi desktop and mobile games...

ViPi desktop and mobile games to develop ICT skills for people with disabilities

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 




Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

11:00am

ITAG - Working with migrants and refugees...

Working with migrants and refugees to develop games to tackle discrimination in the workplace 

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 


Speakers


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

11:00am

The Night Zookeeper

Night Zookeeper is a cross curricular project for children. They take part in the unique experience of meeting the Night Zookeeper himself and hear his stories at first hand.


Children are immersed in the world of the Night Zookeeper through integrated activities such as painting, creative writing, i-Pad drawing and Drama. They create their own magical animals and invent their own games (missions) for their friends to play.

By participating in the adventures of the Night Zookeeper children paint, draw, sing and play their way through an ever evolving online game designed by children all around the world. The Night Zoo seeks to show children that, like a pencil or a crayon, the World Wide Web is a tool for creative expression and not just a destination for mindless entertainment.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 4th Floor, Waterstones, 1 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR

11:30am

ITAG - Using audio-visual games...

Using audio-visual games to improve the understanding of degraded speech

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store




Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

11:30am

ITAG - Is it a disability thing?...

Is it a disability thing? Community interactions and the BBC’s Ouch!

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:00pm

ITAG - Female Video Game Players: A Different Type of Player?

Female Video Game Players: A Different Type of Player?

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:00pm

ITAG - Pirates, Firemen and Ninjas...

Pirates, Firemen and Ninjas: Enhancing a location aware travel training tool

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 

 

 


Speakers


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:00pm

Mozilla Thimble Drop-in Workshops

You know Mozilla? They’re the people that make the brilliant open-source web browser Firefox, amongst other amazing projects.

All day Tuesday they’re going to be running drop-in sessions for their ‘Thimble’ set of web maker tools.

Come along and see the AMAZING things they can do!


Speakers
avatar for Chloe Varelidi

Chloe Varelidi

Hackable Games Lead, Mozilla
I make games. And some times I teach about them. I work at Mozilla leading the Hackable Games Lab; a virtual lab to create, tinker, and play with games that use the web as a platform and like the web itself, are hackable by design. I also love street games and run the Athens Plaython festival in Greece.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

12:30pm

ITAG - MORE: Means, Opportunities, Reasons and Expectations

MORE: Means, Opportunities, Reasons and Expectations

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:30pm

ITAG - The All Abilities ePlayground...

The All Abilities ePlayground - Innovative interaction design for children with a disability

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 

 

 


Speakers


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:30pm

Mike Bithell Gets the advice he needs (writing)

Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, is joining us every day at GameCity7 for a series of events featuring a team of friendly faces who’ll offer advice on a different subject every day. 

In this installment Mike is especially lucky as he gets STEREO advice. He's going to listen intently as wisdom is dispensed about writing from acclaimed, award winning writers Kieron Gillen and Antony Johnston. 

Mike is sure to have questions - hope you will have too!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bithell

Mike Bithell

Bossa Studios
I make games, games like Thomas Was Alone and Merlin.
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.
avatar for Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREDEVIL, THE COLDEST CITY, DEAD SPACE, and ZOMBIU. He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

2:00pm

ITAG - Keynote speaker – Dr Mark Griffiths

Keynote speaker – Dr Mark Griffiths: The role of context in online gaming playing: Implications for education, therapeutic intervention, and addiction

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

2:30pm

ITAG - A Brain Control Interface...

A Brain Control Interface for the Dasher Text Entry System

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

2:30pm

ITAG - Approaches to movement therapy...

Approaches to movement therapy and their relevance to the design of interactive rehabilitation systems

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

2:30pm

Minecraft EDU Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

2:30pm

From Comics to Consoles

Award-winning writer Antony Johnston is a veteran of comics and games,
working on titles from DAREDEVIL to DEAD SPACE, and has a unique
perspective on both industries. 'Comics to Consoles' has grown from a
GDC lecture into a talk Antony now delivers to game studios around the
world. Join him to discover what games can learn from comics, why
movies are a bad template to copy, and how you can apply comic writing
skills to games.

Presented in association with Page 45.


Speakers
avatar for Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREDEVIL, THE COLDEST CITY, DEAD SPACE, and ZOMBIU. He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

2:30pm

Quest! Make your own Text Adventure! (Age 8+)

Text adventures are games which are about interacting with a story, which is why they are sometimes known as "interactive fiction". They were the very first type of computer game, in an age before graphics. Alex Warren is bringing them up to date, to web browsers and smartphones with the free "Quest" software, available at www.textadventures.co.uk.


In this workshop, no prior knowledge is required - you don't need to have played or even have heard of text adventures before, and you don't need to know how to program. Alex will be giving an introduction to text adventures, we'll be playing some as a group, and then we'll start creating our own games. All you need is your imagination!


Speakers

Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

3:00pm

ITAG - Overcoming the barriers...

Overcoming the Barriers to Uptake - A Study Of 6 Danish Health-Based Serious Games Projects

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store


Speakers


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

3:00pm

ITAG - Semantic Web embraces inclusion...

Semantic Web embraces inclusion in learning with enhanced discovery of accessible learning objects

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 




Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

3:30pm

ITAG - Interactive Urinals?!...

Interactive Urinals?! Gamificaion to Nudge Consumer Behaviour in Social Contexts

Adams Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 




Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

3:30pm

ITAG - Modelling AT systems...

Modelling AT systems using representation techniques from Serious Games

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 




Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

4:00pm

ITAG - Exhibition Opens

Exhibition Opens

Forum Area, Newton Building.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store



Tuesday October 23, 2012 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

4:30pm

Ed Stern - Writing Wrongs: Doing Games Writing More Betterer

What do game writers do? WHY have cinematic cut-scenes in games? WHY hasn't Avatar-style Motion Capture made them all good? WHY can getting better at Film/TV screenwriting actually make things worse for game writers? Splash Damage Lead Writer Ed Stern spills his brains all over you, revealing how things get done, where they go wrong, and what can be done about it.

 


Speakers

Tuesday October 23, 2012 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

5:00pm

Gillen and Johnston Signing @ Page 45

Two of the UK's finest comics (and games) writers are visting GameCity7 to impart wisdom, share stories, and sign some books (or whatever is thrust before them).

Hosted by the amazing Page 45, Keiron Gillen and Antony Johnston will follow their appearance in a few GameCity events by parking up in the World's best comic shop and scribbling on your stuff!

For more about this event visit www.page45.com.

Keiron is best known for writing Uncanny X-men and Phonogram and for founding the site to go to for PC gaming news Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Antony is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WastelandDaredevilThe Coldest City, Deadspace and the forthcoming ZombiU


Speakers
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.
avatar for Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games and books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREDEVIL, THE COLDEST CITY, DEAD SPACE, and ZOMBIU. He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Page 45 Market St, Nottingham
 
Wednesday, October 24
 

9:00am

ITAG - Registration

Day 2 of the Interactive Technologies And Games Conference begins!

 

Register from 09.00-09:30am at Nottingham Conference Centre.

 

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:00am - 9:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

9:00am

GameCity Breakfasts: Edge

It's the most important meal of the day!

Once again, the GameCity Breakfasts are here to set you up for a full day of festival-going with coffee, food and argumentative company.

Today's GameCity Breakfast host is Edge magazine's Richard Keith!

 


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking (Live Games Development)

Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by students from Nottingham Trent University, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them. After taking a live brief from the GC masses – they will be hard at work all week in Antenna trying to make those ideas a reality. Join in, contribute, critique, distract or champion – they look forward to showing you their work in progress.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

9:30am

ITAG - Keynote Speaker - Professor Monica Whitty

Keynote Speaker – Professor Monica Whitty: Is all virtual play psychologically healthy?

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 




Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:00am

ITAG - A shared design...

A shared design: Facilitation approach to co-designing games for learning

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:00am

ITAG - Spatial Mental Models...

Spatial Mental Models and Navigation Support Apps for People who are Blind – a Case Study

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • Falchion Games: Go To Hell Dave
  • Dlala Studios - Janksy: GameCity Galaxy Sessions
  • Legendary Games
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation
  • SEGA: Sonic Jump
  • Making Visuals
  • Sokobond: Alan Hazelden
  • Utopian World of Sandwiches - Chompy Chomp Chomp
  • Playniac: International Racing Squirrels.
  • 14:30: Hamish Todd speaks on mathematics and game design.

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

ITAG - Evaluation of route learning software...

Evaluation of route learning software on Android for people with disabilities

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 

 

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:30am

ITAG - Making learning fun...

Making learning fun: Participatory design of multimedia interactive educational videos for first time hearing aid users

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

10:30am

Hundreds: EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Hundreds : Patience and Persistence

Semi Secret and Aeiowu's new iOS game Hundreds is the product of a year long experimental collaboration. Adam Saltsman talks about the team's process through creating the game, expanding it, refining it, and eventually trying to solve the problem of how to communicate what the game is about to the world at large.

A unique behind-the-scenes look at the puzzle design and underlying philosophy of the game, with minimal spoilers.


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

10:30am

Minecraft EDU Workshop

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Santeri Koivisto

Santeri Koivisto

CEO مدير تنفيذي, TeacherGaming LLC تيتشر غيمينغ محدودة المسؤولية
| Santeri Koivisto is CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company that is developing MinecraftEdu and is about to change how the world is looking at games in education. Santeri, the son of a teacher and an entrepreneur, was one of the small percentage of applicants accepted into teacher training at University of Eastern Finland and got a Master in Applied Education. As an avid gamer he was disappointed by the quality of educational games on the market... Read More →



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:30am

Quest! Make your own Text Adventure! (Age 8+)

Text adventures are games which are about interacting with a story, which is why they are sometimes known as "interactive fiction". They were the very first type of computer game, in an age before graphics. Alex Warren is bringing them up to date, to web browsers and smartphones with the free "Quest" software, available at www.textadventures.co.uk.


In this workshop, no prior knowledge is required - you don't need to have played or even have heard of text adventures before, and you don't need to know how to program. Alex will be giving an introduction to text adventures, we'll be playing some as a group, and then we'll start creating our own games. All you need is your imagination!


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 12:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

11:30am

ITAG - Inclusive Design to Develop...

Inclusive design to develop a serious game for people with intellectual disabilities.

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store


Speakers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

11:30am

ITAG - The Mobile Virtual Cane

The Mobile Virtual Cane

Adams Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store


Speakers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:00pm

ITAG - PR:EPARe: Developing Practitioner and Student Motivation...

PR:EPARe: Developing Practitioner and Student Motivation in Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), through a Game Based Learning Approach

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 




Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:00pm

ITAG - Using Kinect for markerless upper limb tracking...

Using Kinect for markerless upper limb tracking as an input method for virtual reality games for stroke rehabilitation – a proof of concept implementation

Adams Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 




Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:30pm

ITAG - Comparisons of Interaction Techniques...

Comparisons of Interaction Techniques between Stroke Survivors and Healthy Subjects in a Haptic Collaborative Task

Adams Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 


Speakers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:30pm

ITAG - Real-Time Biometric Data Monitoring in Games...

Real-Time Biometric Data Monitoring in Games: Using Player Heart Rate to Drive Game Experience

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store



Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

12:30pm

Mozilla: Build the next generation of browser based games

Mozilla invites you to imagine how next-generation web technologies can revolutionize the way we make and play games. We are building a community of game makers; developers, designers, educators and youth who want to re-imagine players as makers of games and games as hackable; games that let their players remix, fork and share to their heart’s content. Join us for a lively discussion on hackable games and demoing some of Mozilla's latest gaming tools.


Speakers
avatar for Chloe Varelidi

Chloe Varelidi

Hackable Games Lead, Mozilla
I make games. And some times I teach about them. I work at Mozilla leading the Hackable Games Lab; a virtual lab to create, tinker, and play with games that use the web as a platform and like the web itself, are hackable by design. I also love street games and run the Athens Plaython festival in Greece.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

2:00pm

ITAG - Workshop: Shaping Sounds 2

Workshop: Shaping Sounds 2

Adams Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store




Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

2:00pm

ITAG - Workshop: Using Assistive Technologies to Make Music

Workshop: Using Assistive Technologies to Make Music

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance at ITAG here: NTU Online Store


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

2:30pm

Phil Fish: FEZ 2027

Phil Fish joins us from...THE FUTURE.

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the release of the seminal downloadable classic FEZ, game designer Phil Fish walks you down memory lane with a retrospective of the last 15 years of videogame history.

Phil says/said/is going to say(?),

“When I visited GameCity 15 years ago, it redefined what a game festival could be. I couldn’t be more excited to teleport back to Neo-Nottingham so many years later and see how things have changed.

We can't wait to hear about how things have changed in all that time. Hopefully for the better!


Speakers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

2:30pm

Minecraft EDU: TEACHERS ONLY Session

This is a special TEACHERS ONLY session!*

Minecraft is a phenomena. One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game as a place to learn within.

Every day, more and more teachers in classrooms all around the World are using Minecraft to engage and educate - now you can too!

MinecraftEdu is the collaboration of a small team of educators and programmers from the United States and Finland. We are working with Mojang AB of Sweden, the creators of Minecraft, to make the game affordable and accessible to schools everywhere.

There's LOTS more information on the Minecraft EDU website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below to discover how Minecraft can benefit learning in YOUR classroom.

*If you're not a teacher, don't worry, there's plenty of other Minecraft EDU sessions available throughout the week and a Minecraft area in the Old Market Square


Speakers
avatar for Santeri Koivisto

Santeri Koivisto

CEO مدير تنفيذي, TeacherGaming LLC تيتشر غيمينغ محدودة المسؤولية
| Santeri Koivisto is CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company that is developing MinecraftEdu and is about to change how the world is looking at games in education. Santeri, the son of a teacher and an entrepreneur, was one of the small percentage of applicants accepted into teacher training at University of Eastern Finland and got a Master in Applied Education. As an avid gamer he was disappointed by the quality of educational games on the market... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

2:30pm

Quest! Make your own Text Adventure! (Age 8+)

Text adventures are games which are about interacting with a story, which is why they are sometimes known as "interactive fiction". They were the very first type of computer game, in an age before graphics. Alex Warren is bringing them up to date, to web browsers and smartphones with the free "Quest" software, available at www.textadventures.co.uk.


In this workshop, no prior knowledge is required - you don't need to have played or even have heard of text adventures before, and you don't need to know how to program. Alex will be giving an introduction to text adventures, we'll be playing some as a group, and then we'll start creating our own games. All you need is your imagination!


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

3:00pm

ITAG - Can a home based virtual reality system improve...

Can a home based virtual reality system improve the opportunity for rehabilitation of the upper limb following stroke?

Adams Rooms.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

3:00pm

ITAG - Virtual Reality and Patient Recovery/Well-being

Virtual Reality and Patient Recovery/well-being

Bowden Room.

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store

 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

3:30pm

ITAG - Conference End and Plenary

Conference End and Plenary

 

Book your attendance here: NTU Online Store



Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Nottingham Conference Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

5:30pm

IGN Podcast Special : GameCityPrize Pre-event

Who's going to win?

The anticipation of the 2012 GameCity Prize award approaches fever-pitch as IGN's Keza MacDonald talks you through the nominations and invites your opinions with some special guests at a live podcast recording.


Speakers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq
 
Thursday, October 25
 

9:00am

GameCity Breakfasts : Guardian Games Blog

It's the most important meal of the day!

Once again, the GameCity Breakfasts are here to set you up for a full day of festival-going with coffee, food and argumentative company.

Today's GameCity Breakfast is hosted by the Guardian Games Blog.

 


Speakers


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking (Live Games Development)

Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by students from Nottingham Trent University, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them. After taking a live brief from the GC masses – they will be hard at work all week in Antenna trying to make those ideas a reality. Join in, contribute, critique, distract or champion – they look forward to showing you their work in progress.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

10:00am

The Game Maker's Apprentice (Age 10+)

The Game Maker's Apprentice
These workshops will give a basic introduction to using the Game Maker development tool to quickly create simple 2D games. Attend this crash course in using the free version of this game development tool and download it for yourself from the YoYoGames website afterwards. Game Maker games can be turned into games for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms using the professional, "Studio" version of Game Maker.

This session is suitable for ages 10+ only!

Dr. Jacob Habgood

A former games industry professional, Jake is senior lecturer in game development at Sheffield Hallam University and the author of two hobbyist books on game programming. He has been teaching game making workshops for children since the very first GameCity event and has recently taken over as director of the Games Britannia festival which provides a week of game development workshops for schools from all over the UK.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:00am

Citygories

Citygories is coming to Nottingham! Find designers Eleni and Alexandra on one of the Old Market Square screens, and sign up to play with your smartphone.

The game is an urban interpretation of the popular game of categories. A random letter of the alphabet is picked, the round begins and the players are called to spot and photograph elements seen in the city streets beginning with this letter matching the game’s predefined categories. At the end of each round the players gather up back to the starting point and the pictures taken are rated. Scoring system favors uniqueness, ingenuity and interaction between the players,the urban surroundings and citizens. The team/player with the highest score after five rounds is the winner.


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 1:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Placard Workshop

Spend time working with artists to create placards to protest the use of GM foods to control populations, then join Amber and protest “The Friendliness Trust”:– corporation or culprit?

The Malthusian Paradox is an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) that can be played on line and in real life. It’s like being right inside a thriller where you are one of the characters. The game will take participants on a breathless journey through a world of intrigue, mystery and surprise. They will solve clues, interact with characters and events and become part of a global audience that works together to save the world. They will be able to interact with the game by email, telephone, twitter and also in person at various live events.

http://weareamber.com



Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 1:00pm
Old Market Square: Tables

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • Alistair Aitcheson - Galaxyball
  • Citygories (AM only)
  • Newport Student Showcase
  • Mudvark: Mortar Melon
  • The Button Affair
  • Multipie
  • Tenori-On Demo
  • Lady Shotgun: Buddha Finger
  • Fat Pancake - The Seeker
  • Playniac: International Racing Squirrels.
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

Making Magic, Making Merlin!

Creating a videogame based on an already beloved TV show isn't a task for the faint-hearted... 
How do you make it work for people who don't know the show as well as those that do? 
How do you decide what kind of game it should be?
How do you satisfy ALL THOSE MERLIN FANS?!?!

Luckily, Bossa Studios, creators of the BAFTA award winning 'Monstermind' are made of especially strong stuff..

Join them for this never-before-seen glimpse into the magic behind their forthcoming videogame, 'Merlin' and learn about storytelling, design, audiences, tough decisions - and what it really takes to make Camelot playable.


Speakers


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

10:30am

Minecraft EDU Workshop

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |
avatar for Santeri Koivisto

Santeri Koivisto

CEO مدير تنفيذي, TeacherGaming LLC تيتشر غيمينغ محدودة المسؤولية
| Santeri Koivisto is CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company that is developing MinecraftEdu and is about to change how the world is looking at games in education. Santeri, the son of a teacher and an entrepreneur, was one of the small percentage of applicants accepted into teacher training at University of Eastern Finland and got a Master in Applied Education. As an avid gamer he was disappointed by the quality of educational games on the market... Read More →



Thursday October 25, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

12:30pm

Mike Bithell gets the advice he needs (about ART)

Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, is joining us every day at GameCity7 for a series of events featuring a team of friendly faces who’ll offer advice on a different subject every day. 

In this installment Mike learns all about ART!

Adam Saltsman and Paul Veer sit down with Mike and talk about all things artistic and aesthetically pleasing.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bithell

Mike Bithell

Bossa Studios
I make games, games like Thomas Was Alone and Merlin.
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.


Thursday October 25, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

12:30pm

The Game Maker's Apprentice (Age 12+)

The Game Maker's Apprentice
These workshops will give a basic introduction to using the Game Maker development tool to quickly create simple 2D games. Attend this crash course in using the free version of this game development tool and download it for yourself from the YoYoGames website afterwards. Game Maker games can be turned into games for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms using the professional,  "Studio" version of Game Maker.

Tis session is suitable for ages 12+ only!

Dr. Jacob Habgood

A former games industry professional, Jake is senior lecturer in game development at Sheffield Hallam University and the author of two hobbyist books on game programming. He has been teaching game making workshops for children since the very first Game City event and has recently taken over as director of the Games Britannia festival which provides a week of game development workshops for schools from all over the UK.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

2:30pm

The Six Sides Of Terry Cavanagh

Super Hexagon is a videogame on the app store. 

It's loved, it's addictive, it's acclaimed - it's also insanely difficult - inspiring fierce competition amongst its players.

One of Super Hexagon's biggest fans and top players, EDGE magazine features editor Jason Killingsworth - will be coming face to face with its creator Terry Cavanagh armed with questions about its conception, creation and merciless design. 

Terry also takes pains to ensure that he's always at, or near the top of the Super Hexagon high-score table provoking fierce competition between the creator and his players. Following this session, Terry will be challenging you all (not least Jason, also an expert player) to a Super Hexagon tournament on the festival big screen. 


Speakers
avatar for Terry Cavanagh

Terry Cavanagh

Creator of VVVVVV, At a Distance, Super Hexagon.



Thursday October 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

2:30pm

Minecraft EDU Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |
avatar for Santeri Koivisto

Santeri Koivisto

CEO مدير تنفيذي, TeacherGaming LLC تيتشر غيمينغ محدودة المسؤولية
| Santeri Koivisto is CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company that is developing MinecraftEdu and is about to change how the world is looking at games in education. Santeri, the son of a teacher and an entrepreneur, was one of the small percentage of applicants accepted into teacher training at University of Eastern Finland and got a Master in Applied Education. As an avid gamer he was disappointed by the quality of educational games on the market... Read More →



Thursday October 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

3:00pm

The Game Maker's Apprentice (Age 14+)

The Game Maker's Apprentice
These workshops will give a basic introduction to using the Game Maker development tool to quickly create simple 2D games. Attend this crash course in using the free version of this game development tool and download it for yourself from the YoYoGames website afterwards. Game Maker games can be turned into games for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms using the professional,  "Studio" version of Game Maker.

This session is suitable for ages 14+ only!

Dr. Jacob Habgood

A former games industry professional, Jake is senior lecturer in game development at Sheffield Hallam University and the author of two hobbyist books on game programming. He has been teaching game making workshops for children since the very first Game City event and has recently taken over as director of the Games Britannia festival which provides a week of game development workshops for schools from all over the UK.


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

4:00pm

Terry & Jason take it outside

Following the session 'The Six Sides Of Terry Cavanagh', Terry will be challenging Jason Killingsworth (and then all of you) to a Super Hexagon tournament on the festival big screen. 

Get practising folks!

Seriously. He's really good at it. He did make it, after all.


Speakers
avatar for Terry Cavanagh

Terry Cavanagh

Creator of VVVVVV, At a Distance, Super Hexagon.


Thursday October 25, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

6:00pm

Proteus: LIVE

Another addition to our series of LIVE performances of the World's most beautiful games.

Following playthroughs of Flower and Journey at previous GameCity festivals, Proteus creator Ed Key will take us on a trip through the seasons of their GameCity Prize shortlisted game with co-creator & composer David Kanaga performing the blissful soundtrack (for want of a better word) live.

Don't miss this!

Food will be available for a small price at the venue.

 


Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

8:00pm

The Racing Room

The Racing Room is throwing open it's doors throughout Game City for all to come and have a race on the massive, landscaped and detailed, permanent Scalextric track at the Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus.

6 cars can be on the track at any one time, change lanes and with some crafty nerdery, your race timings are fully computerised and on display on the leader board.

Tuesday night is the regular Race Night, 8pm onwards. Compete in a series of races to win impressive medals. £4 per driver to enter (over 18’s only).

From Wednesday through to Saturday night, pop in and race your friends. All ages welcome. £1.50 per driver (3 mins Qualifying and a 20 lap race).


Artists


Thursday October 25, 2012 8:00pm - 10:30pm
The Sir John Borlase Warren 1 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3GD

9:00pm

One Shot Left

They’re back! Following the runaway success of One Song Left last year, festival favourites and performers of the best loved videogame podcast in the English speaking world, One Life Left crash back into GameCity to deliver an evening of surprises.

This time, they've got their own bar. Expect special guest DJs, cocktails, madness and not a lot of sleep.

Have a coffee before you get here. This will go on late…

 




Thursday October 25, 2012 9:00pm - Friday October 26, 2012 2:00am
Spanky Van Dykes NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host One Life Left
 
Friday, October 26
 

9:00am

GameCity Breakfasts : Gamasutra

It's the most important meal of the day!

Once again, the GameCity Breakfasts are here to set you up for a full day of festival-going with coffee, food and argumentative company.

Today's GameCity Breakfast is hosted by Gamasutra.

 


Speakers


Friday October 26, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

9:00am

Cyclepong

Cyclepong is a unique hand-made arcade machine that combines the classic video tennis game "Pong" with fun of cycling. Forget twiching your fingers and rattle the pedals to move your bat. You'll never look at an exercise bike the same way again. Great fun for kids and adults.

For more information, visit http://ignitionpopupshop.wordpress.com/


Speakers


Friday October 26, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
3-2-1-Ignition* Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham

9:00am

NTU DevSoc - Indie Busking (Live Games Development)

Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by students from Nottingham Trent University, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them. After taking a live brief from the GC masses – they will be hard at work all week in Antenna trying to make those ideas a reality. Join in, contribute, critique, distract or champion – they look forward to showing you their work in progress.


Speakers

Friday October 26, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

10:00am

The Game Maker's Apprentice (Age 10+)

The Game Maker's Apprentice
These workshops will give a basic introduction to using the Game Maker development tool to quickly create simple 2D games. Attend this crash course in using the free version of this game development tool and download it for yourself from the YoYoGames website afterwards. Game Maker games can be turned into games for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms using the professional,  "Studio" version of Game Maker.

This session is suitable for ages 10+ only!

 

Dr. Jacob Habgood

A former games industry professional, Jake is senior lecturer in game development at Sheffield Hallam University and the author of two hobbyist books on game programming. He has been teaching game making workshops for children since the very first Game City event and has recently taken over as director of the Games Britannia festival which provides a week of game development workshops for schools from all over the UK.


Speakers

Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • Alistair Aitcheson - Galaxyball
  • 14:30 - 15:30: Jordan Casey, iPad game development for kids.
  • 2 Person Games - Space Salvager
  • Playniac: International Racing Squirrels
  • Arcen
  • Nyanyam Games: Tengami
  • Monster and Monster
  • Geniaware: Lords of Football
  • Mudvark: Mortar Melon
  • The Button Affair
  • Fat Pancake - The Seeker
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation

Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors

Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/


Friday October 26, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

Stories and Spaces - Games & play for under 5's

Suitable for Under 5's

Come and explore the ways in which games and play give young children freedom to let their creativity bloom and learn a range of skills. In this session we’ll be making our own monsters and heroes, creating our own mazes and castles, telling our own stories, making up our own rules, and having lots of fun!  Game Designer and mum Anna Marsh will be leading this session for the very young with activities for 0 – 5 year olds and their carers – if your little one can’t manage all of the activities plenty of toys are on hand to keep them entertained.

 


Speakers
avatar for Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh

Design Director, Lady Shotgun Ltd
Founder & designer director of Lady Shotgun, a co-operative of freelance game developers started by myself & two other mums to work from home and balance making games we loved with looking after our small children. I was born & raised near Nottingham in Breaston. When I was a child our family gatherings were opportunities to play all kinds of game, from dominoes to charades. When my parents bought me a ZX Spectrum and I could make my own games... Read More →



Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 11:45am
Old Market Square NG1

10:30am

Minecraft EDU Workshop

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |


Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:30am

Girl on Fire : Playing the Hunger Games

Adam Saltsman, creator of Canabalt, shares the story of the conception and creation of The Hunger Games: Girl On Fire. Released on iOS platforms just before the release of the film, The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire is much, much more than a film tie-in. Adam shows us why. As if we even need convincing!


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:15pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

10:30am

Bennett Foddy Masterclass: Adobe Generation Live

We're proud to be working with Adobe Generation to offer a unique series of Flash masterclasses at the GameCity STEAM School 2012.

Today, Bennett Foddy, creator of QWOP, GIRP, Pole Riders and many more offers his unique perspective on Flash game creation - taking you inside some of his best loved works. 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a session intended for creatives with a working knowledge of Adobe Flash.

Book your place at this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Speakers


Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 12:30pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

10:30am

From Paper to Play

We're going to make us all a videogame out of paper and cardboard! You'll be making buildings, streets and monsters with your bare hands and ingenuity, and we're going to film them there and then. With some technological magic we'll be making this footage interactive you'll be able to run, jump, and generally mess about in the world we just created, and take home a game you can point at and say 'I made that'.

Luke makes handcrafted games with State of Play (www.stateofplaygames.com), where we mess about with paper, card and glue, setting videogame technology back a couple of decades each time. We're the creators of the IGF Nominated puzzle adventure game Lume, and will be bringing our handcraftiness to GameCity for the first time this year.

 


Speakers

Friday October 26, 2012 10:30am - 1:30pm
Old Market Square: Tables

12:30pm

Mike Bithell gets the advice he needs (about AUDIO)

Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, is joining us every day at GameCity7 for a series of events featuring a team of friendly faces who’ll offer advice on a different subject every day. 

In this installment Mike learns all about AUDIO!

Graeme Norgate, audio director & composer at Crytek UK and veteran behind classics such as Goldeneye 64 and Timesplitters, sits down with Mike to talk about things in games that make a noise....


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bithell

Mike Bithell

Bossa Studios
I make games, games like Thomas Was Alone and Merlin.


Friday October 26, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

12:30pm

The Game Maker's Apprentice (All ages!)

The Game Maker's Apprentice
These workshops will give a basic introduction to using the Game Maker development tool to quickly create simple 2D games. Attend this crash course in using the free version of this game development tool and download it for yourself from the YoYoGames website afterwards. Game Maker games can be turned into games for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms using the professional,  "Studio" version of Game Maker.

Dr. Jacob Habgood

A former games industry professional, Jake is senior lecturer in game development at Sheffield Hallam University and the author of two hobbyist books on game programming. He has been teaching game making workshops for children since the very first Game City event and has recently taken over as director of the Games Britannia festival which provides a week of game development workshops for schools from all over the UK.


Speakers

Friday October 26, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

1:30pm

Games For Film - Contest Final

The Games for Film contest is a great opportunity for UK games developers toaccess funding for the development of new prototype applications and servicesthat use games technology in partnership with the film industry. IC tomorrow andcontest partners the University of Abertay Dundee and D-Media, in association withLionsgate UK and the BFI (British Film Institute), created the Games for Film contestto give developers a chance to partner with filmmakers in new and innovative ways.The contest is offering three awards of up to £25,000 and is funded by AbertayUniversity’s Prototype Fund.

The final event will include pitches from up to nine finalists who will bepresenting to the BFI and Lionsgate under three challenge areas.

The Games for Film final event will take place at GameCity 7 on Friday 26 Octoberat 13:30. It's a unique opportunity for contest finalists to showcase their ideas to thejudging panel during one of Europe’s biggest videogame culture festivals.

Agenda:


13:30: Registration and Coffee
14:00: Welcome from IC tomorrow and Abertay University
14:10: 1st Challenge: Games to promote the new British movie 'Smash and Grab: The Story
of the Pink
14:50: 2nd Challenge: Games to promote a theatrical and/or home entertainment release,
supported by Lionsgate UK
15:30: 3rd Challenge: Games to promote the new British movie 'Spike Island', supported by
the BFI Panthers', supported by the BFI
16:10: Coffee break
16:30: Announcement of winners

This event takes place in the Boardroom at Antenna, 9 Beck Street. 

You can register for the event here: http://bit.ly/R4Gzmd


Speakers


Friday October 26, 2012 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host IC tomorrow

2:30pm

Sounds Like Lucky Frame

Lucky Frame is a small creative studio based in Edinburgh. They specialise in the quirky, the musical, and the bizarre. More than a games studio, they have made interactive musical instruments, sound installations, data visualisations, and other random experiments, and their recent iOS game Bad Hotel received enormous critical acclaim, despite being really weird. They will talk about their history, projects, and their creative output, and give a sneak peak at their new game.


Speakers


Friday October 26, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

2:30pm

The Little Game Design Workshop

Suitable for ages 6-10

A workshop for 6 – 10 year olds where we will take brilliant ideas and turn them into brilliant game designs!  Led by game designer Anna Marsh, we’ll be doing lots of creating on paper, drawing and a little writing, and turning your ideas for characters, stories, environments and challenges into great game concepts. Not just for those who like games already! We’ll be showing that anyone can have fantastic original ideas and turn them into amazing varied games.  Stretch your imagination!


Speakers
avatar for Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh

Design Director, Lady Shotgun Ltd
Founder & designer director of Lady Shotgun, a co-operative of freelance game developers started by myself & two other mums to work from home and balance making games we loved with looking after our small children. I was born & raised near Nottingham in Breaston. When I was a child our family gatherings were opportunities to play all kinds of game, from dominoes to charades. When my parents bought me a ZX Spectrum and I could make my own games... Read More →



Friday October 26, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

2:30pm

Adam Saltsman Masterclass: Adobe Generation Live

We're proud to be working with Adobe Generation to offer a unique series of Flash masterclasses at the GameCity STEAM School 2012.

Today, Adam Saltsman, creator of Canabalt, Girl on Fire and Capsule (uniquely playable at GameCity!) is here to let you in on the secrets of his development process. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most acclaimed Flash developers working today. 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a session intended for creatives with a working knowledge of Adobe Flash.

Book your place at this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Friday October 26, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

2:30pm

Minecraft EDU Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is a phenomena.

One of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Games Design Course Coordinator, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology
After leaving the video games design industry in 2003, I used the experience in the industry to guide me along my teaching career path. | | Being an avid gamer and game reviewer I use this passion to teach and manage the games design course here at Confetti. | | The recent collaboration with the creators of MinecraftEdu has led me to become a speaker/demonstrator of this fantastic tool, both in and outside of the classroom. |



Friday October 26, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Confetti Convent Street, Nottingham

4:30pm

Mode 7 and Arcen: It's Complicated

Paul Taylor of Mode 7 (Frozen Synapse) and Erik Johnson of Arcen (AI War, A Valley Without Wind) discuss the simplicity in being complex and the complexities that can emerge from simple designs. All the while, the two plan on paying a handful of indie games that highlight these points. Two indie studios, two points of view: it's going to get complicated!




Friday October 26, 2012 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1

7:30pm

Reads like a Seven

Seven celebrated writers and journalists on video games invite you to an evening of readings from their work – kind of like a slam poetry event except where every poem is prose about Halo and the only slamming that goes on is in the comments underneath each performance. Funny, affecting, sad, exciting - every piece read out on the night takes a different view of video games and the culture that surrounds them. Featuring Kieron Gillen, Keith Stuart, Leigh Alexander, Christian Donlan, Simon Parkin, Ste Curran and Cara Ellison


Speakers
avatar for Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen

Writer, Freelance
I used to be a games journalist whose bio read that he was in an expert in "literally everything, ever." I'm now old enough to be embarrassed at that, but it's still my area of interest. | | I write comics and co-own a games-website. I like stuff and things.


Friday October 26, 2012 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

8:00pm

The Racing Room

The Racing Room is throwing open it's doors throughout Game City for all to come and have a race on the massive, landscaped and detailed, permanent Scalextric track at the Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus.

6 cars can be on the track at any one time, change lanes and with some crafty nerdery, your race timings are fully computerised and on display on the leader board.

Tuesday night is the regular Race Night, 8pm onwards. Compete in a series of races to win impressive medals. £4 per driver to enter (over 18’s only).

From Wednesday through to Saturday night, pop in and race your friends. All ages welcome. £1.50 per driver (3 mins Qualifying and a 20 lap race).


Artists


Friday October 26, 2012 8:00pm - 10:30pm
The Sir John Borlase Warren 1 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3GD

9:30pm

Lazarus : Live Playthrough

Get your milk on with a friday night quite unlike any other.

Come and hang out with the Spilt Milk Studios team and have a play of their upcoming surefire hit 'no stick shooter' Lazarus on THE BIGGEST SCREEN (or just party with us)!
Chill out with the glitchy chip-tune wonderbeats and funky break-pieces provided by the game's audio maestro Owain Davies - also known as (last) exile - who will be mixing up some old and new classics live, along with the game's own soundtrack.
Have a wee drinky-poo too, and chat with the game's development team - Owain'll probably be preoccupied on the decks but Andrew Smith (design) & Andrew Roper (code) are nice too. You can even join in with a bit of a play - if you're tough enough, enter the highscore competition for a secret-but-mega prize!
White russians, cake and games. What more could you want?
Just don't spill too much..."


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Roper

Andrew Roper

Programmer, Games Freelance
Cake, personified as a human
AJ

Andrew John Smith

Spilt Milk Studios Ltd
Tango Fiesta, of course :D

Exhibitors
avatar for Owain Davies

Owain Davies

Freelance Designer/Music Producer
Owain Davies is a Nottingham based Music Producer, VJ, Audio/Visual designer and Tenori-on performer. | | Under the name MIDSR and (Last)Exile, Owain has produced Audio/Visual delights for performance and installation. | A big fan of Records, Videogame's and interactivity. (Last)Exile explores the possibilities of controlling light and sound through home brew interfaces, using Videogame controllers such as the wiimote to create interactive... Read More →



Friday October 26, 2012 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq
 
Saturday, October 27
 

9:00am

Cyclepong

Cyclepong is a unique hand-made arcade machine that combines the classic video tennis game "Pong" with fun of cycling. Forget twiching your fingers and rattle the pedals to move your bat. You'll never look at an exercise bike the same way again. Great fun for kids and adults.

For more information, visit http://ignitionpopupshop.wordpress.com/


Speakers


Saturday October 27, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
3-2-1-Ignition* Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham

10:00am

Market Square Screens

Every day we'll have a dozen screens in the Old Market Square, on which indie developers, students, universities and other organisations will be showing games and assorted interesting stuff. What's on will change from day to day. Come down to play games, talk to developers, and challenge your friends.

Today:

  • Nyanyam Games - Tengami
  • #journodevswap - Just Like Real Life
  • Mighty Mill Games - Tanuki Forest preview
  • Lightwood Games: Multi-screen Mayhem
  • The Button Affair
  • Monster and Monster
  • Falchion Games: Go To Hell Dave
  • Lady Shotgun: Buddha Finger
  • NTU DevSoc Showcase
  • Spilt Milk Studios/Appy Nation
  • Mudvark: Mortar Melon

Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 1:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Mechanical Donkey Kong

Martin Raynsford is an expert in making cool stuff with a laser cutter.

Here's the proof.

For the entire Festival week, he's lending us his prototype - version one - of a laser cut, mechanical Donkey Kong.

MECHANICAL DONKEY KONG!

While Mario's movement is somewhat limited at the moment, it does feature ultra high-res plywood graphics. It's Donkey Kong in H-er D than you've ever seen it before, all controlled with a NES pad.

Meet Martin to talk about it on Saturday the 20th, and play it all week in the Old Market Square.


Exhibitors


Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 1:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

NTU DevSoc Showcase

DevSoc are a friendly bunch of dedicated computing students from Nottingham Trent University. Come and play their award-winning games like Retro Revenge and find out more about how indie games are developed. From undergraduate to PhD students they have a wide range of skills and plenty of ideas! If you’re interested in studying games systems, or looking for talented student developers, they're in the Old Market Square all week so go and say hello.


Exhibitors

Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 2:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Venus Patrol Training Facility

Yes, the Venus Patrol Training Facility, brought to you by videogame culture site Venus Patrol, founded by Brandon Boyer, will bring your wildest dreams to life as you sign up for the most awe inspiring marriage of physical and mental exertion.

The challenges (games) you’ll be facing are:

Get On Top / Pole Riders - Bennett Foddy

Proteus Frog God Mode - Ed Key & David Kanaga, mod by George Buckenham

Passing Time - Honeyslug

Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

Hokra - Ramiro Corbetta

BaraBariBall - Noah Sasso

MegaGIRP - Bennett Foddy, mod by Douglas Wilson

The Venus Patrol Training Facility will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (20-26th Oct) and 10am-2pm Saturday (27th) on the Old Market Square and played on a 13sqm screen, so everyone can see your preparation and ultimate victory.

 


Exhibitors


Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 2:00pm
Old Market Square NG1
  • Host Organization GameCity7
  • Co-host Venus Patrol

10:00am

The Malthusian Paradox: Amber Recruitment

Amber will be recruiting in the city. Take the time to meet your local contact, register your interest and obtain your Amber indentifier.

http://weareamber.com/



Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 2:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

10:00am

Capsule Capsule

Capsule Capsule is an exclusive theatrical presentation of Adam Saltsman’s latest title, tense space exploration adventurer, Capsule, featuring only at GameCity7 on the Old Market Square from 10am-5pm from October 22nd-27th.

Your mission will require you to undergo special training on Earth before stepping into a spaceship to explore the dark, cold confines of space, battling dwindling oxygen and power levels while searching for answers to a slowly unravelling mystery.

Sign up for your seat in the Capsule Capsule at the Venus Patrol area in the Old Market Square.

WARNING….

Capsule Capsule is a theatrical event with sensory deprivation elements taking place in a refrigerated area. Those of a nervous disposition, fear of dark/confined spaces or suffer from astrophobia are recommended to avoid this event.

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

makin games, bein a dad



Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

11:00am

NTU DevSoc: Indie Busking Results (Live game development)

Game launch! Check out the videogame that Nottingham Trent University students have been cooking-up all week from your ideas. Car crash or pure genius? You’ll have to come along and have a play to find out for yourself. The game will be available for download for GameCitizens. Indie busking involves the transparent and open creation of a video game by NTU students, exposing the development process to those interested in games but may not have an understanding of the process that goes into creating them.


Speakers

Saturday October 27, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Old Market Square: Stage

2:00pm

The World's Largest Practical Science Lesson! (World Record Attempt)

On Saturday 27th from 2pm at the Old Market Square we're going to break the Guinness World Record record for World’s Largest Practical Science Lesson!

Come and test your nerves and tackle several fantastical (but mostly harmless) science experiments as we aim to smash the current record of 276 participants. We need YOU to help the festival go out with a bang by spending the day making history/science experiments/a big mess. Participants will be led through a series of fun experiments for 30 minutes, involving slime, pop rockets and more, and it’s totally FREE!

Participants must be aged 6+ and under 16’s must be supervised by an adult. Record breakers are asked to arrive at 2pm for the counting in and sign up process before the record attempt begins! There'll be lots of fun science-y things happening while you wait!


Speakers


Saturday October 27, 2012 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Old Market Square NG1

4:30pm

Text-Based Roleplaying Is a Fine Art

Learn how to develop your own improvisational characters, storylines and multiplayer universes using the chat tools you're already used to. Leigh Alexander presents on a hithertofore underground art, with a focus on partner writing and fun exercises for everyone to try. Get empowered to start your own game worlds with friends, strangers and a little imagination. All are welcome, though to participate in the session an internet-connected laptop or tablet is required. Leave inhibitions and children under 14 at home!


Speakers

Saturday October 27, 2012 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Broadway Cinema Broad St, Nottingham

6:30pm

SUMO Digital SEGA Pub Quiz!

Sumo Digital - the developer from up the road in Sheffield - are hosting a pub quiz!

Having worked with Sega for over 9 years on various titles from Outrun, to Virtua Tennis, through to the All-Star series, the staff at Sumo Digital know arguably more about Sega than Sega themselves (and believe me, they argue about it J). Additionally, thanks to the huge swathe of real ale pubs in Sheffield, they also know quite a bit about drinking*.  

With these two facts in mind, there was only one logical choice for doing something at GameCity, and that was a pub quiz based around Sega and their history. They’ll feature classic Sega music, obscure characters and games, and they’ll definitely have a round with some actual games playing to test out your skill too! We’ll be throwing in some general games knowledge too, so there’ll be ample opportunity for people who don’t remember Doki Doki Penguin Land to prove their games skill & knowledge too...

Hosted by Joe Neate, alongside some other members of the development team, this promises to be the perfect warm-up for the end of festival party!”

 

*in moderation, obviously.


Speakers


Saturday October 27, 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Antenna Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 3eq

8:00pm

The Racing Room

The Racing Room is throwing open it's doors throughout Game City for all to come and have a race on the massive, landscaped and detailed, permanent Scalextric track at the Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus.

6 cars can be on the track at any one time, change lanes and with some crafty nerdery, your race timings are fully computerised and on display on the leader board.

Tuesday night is the regular Race Night, 8pm onwards. Compete in a series of races to win impressive medals. £4 per driver to enter (over 18’s only).

From Wednesday through to Saturday night, pop in and race your friends. All ages welcome. £1.50 per driver (3 mins Qualifying and a 20 lap race).


Artists


Saturday October 27, 2012 8:00pm - 10:30pm
The Sir John Borlase Warren 1 Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3GD

8:00pm

Closing Party! With Cantaloupe / Galaxians / Moscow Youth Cult & more!

GAMECITY PRESENTS AN EVENING OF MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Feature live quadrophonic performances in the round from kraut-rock/synth-pop three piece CANTALOUPE, New York-via-Leeds post-disco boogie lords GALAXIANS, and retro analogue squelchers MOSCOW YOUTH CULT. 

Performances will be accompanied by live visuals, illustrations and animations from URBAN PROJECTIONS and URBAN CANVAS. There may even be the opportunity for you to get involved in a little digital graffiti yourself….

If you just can’t handle the groove, a second room upstairs will feature some more downbeat DJing and more live visuals & party games by artists including OWAIN DAVIES and more TBC.

+ Licensed bar and DJs until 2am

£5 ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE AT ANTENNA RECEPTION, BECK STREET & THE MUSIC EXCHANGE, WEST END ARCADE

£6 on the door

18+ Only


Exhibitors
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Cantaloupe

http://cantaloupe.bandcamp.com/
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Galaxians

http://galaxians.bandcamp.com/
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Urban Canvas

http://www.urbancanvas.co.uk/
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Moscow Youth Cult

http://www.moscowyouthcult.co.uk/
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Owain Davies

Freelance Designer/Music Producer
Owain Davies is a Nottingham based Music Producer, VJ, Audio/Visual designer and Tenori-on performer. | | Under the name MIDSR and (Last)Exile, Owain has produced Audio/Visual delights for performance and installation. | A big fan of Records, Videogame's and interactivity. (Last)Exile explores the possibilities of controlling light and sound through home brew interfaces, using Videogame controllers such as the wiimote to create interactive... Read More →
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Urban Projections

Urban Projections
Urban Projections provide innovative performance opportunities, events, workshops & creative projects to audiences throughout the UK. | | We are passionate about delivering accessible arts projects, workshops and performances that enable individuals to interact with multimedia in fun and exciting ways. From lo-tech pieces of string and cardboard to the latest audio visual applications and hardware - We specialise in combining hands-on... Read More →



Saturday October 27, 2012 8:00pm - Sunday October 28, 2012 2:00am
One Thoresby Street Trade Gallery, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, NG1 1AJ