A video celebrating the highlights of a four-month gaming extravaganza in Dundee has been released by the event’s organisers.
The Summer of Games brought together top talent from across the world for a series of talks, design competitions and family events in the City of Discovery.
The event kicked off with Abertay University’s Digital Graduate Show on May 10, which showcased videogames, virtual reality (VR) and animation.
The same month, a Glasgow University event called im/material: Virtual Encounters With Material Worlds – which explored VR and augmented reality (AR) – took place. It featured discussions between academics, games designers and digital storytellers.
A conference was also hosted at V&A Dundee on May 18 bringing together leading designers and thinkers from the gaming world.
On the same day, the museum was taken over by We Throw Switches for Press Play, a one-off evening showcase of playable international design.
Dundee’s biggest ever PechaKucha event was held at the Caird Hall on May 28, with games composer and Simple Minds bassist Ged Grimes – who created the soundtracks to Earthworm Jim 3D, Enter the Matrix and Shrek 3 – as one of the speakers.
Videogames competitions Tranzfuser and Dare Academy were also included in the Summer of Games programme and June and July saw a digital treasure trail for families and a UK Hub Crawl workshop.
On September 4, the UK Games Fund Awards were held at V&A Dundee and just days later, to mark the end of the Summer of Games and the Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition, a game jam took place at the museum.
The festival was seen as an opportunity to “cement” Dundee as an international hub of innovation and inspire a new generation of budding local developers and it is hoped the Summer of Games may lead to further events in the city.
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