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Top student talent gathers for video games festival

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Some of the brightest minds from the world of video gaming have descended on Dundee for Scotland’s largest video games festival.

Teams of programmers, artists and designers will compete in Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital competition as part of the Dare ProtoPlay event.

All 16 teams involved have created games while at university that are then showcased to everyone else during the festival.

Three winning teams are then nominated for a chance to claim the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award, a seen as a mark of success among those in the industry.

The 2014 Dare ProtoPlay festival saw more than 13,000 attend across four days, meaning the students were able to showcase their work to a wide audience.

Professor Gregor White, Head of the School of the Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, described it as an “incredibly exciting” event for all concerned.

He said that games enthusiasts and aspiring designers often look around the festival for inspiration, while many families and industry professionals are also usually in attendance.

“The festival keeps getting bigger year after year and the whole team at Abertay University is incredibly proud of how the festival has developed into a major international event, attracting teams from all over the world,” added Professor White.

A number of family friendly events are included in the itinerary of the festival, appearing alongside the games developed by the student teams.

Entry to the festival is free and the events will include Cardboard Challenge and Killer Queen Arcade Field Game, both designed to entertain by taking design ideas into real world settings.

Professor White said it is vital to inspire young people before adding that Dare ProtoPlay focuses on showing then that the games stem from creativity, art and design.

He said he expected the 2015 festival to be just as busy as last year when it takes place at Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square on 13-16 August.

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