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2013

Scottish Games Design Talent to be showcased at DCA

6 November 2013

Scottish games design companies and independent designers will showcase new work for members of the public to try, in the latest instalment of the highly successful Drop in and Play series at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) this Saturday (November 9).

The event will coincide with the final day of the NEoN Digital Arts Festival, and has been organised by DCA, NEoN, and games development company Quartic Llama.

Among those exhibiting work are several companies made up of students and former students of Abertay University: Too Easy Games will present DUST, an arcade shooter about exploring the vastness of space.

Space Budgie will give attendees the chance to try their new puzzle game Glitchspace and 9.03m, a response to the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.

There will also be the chance to play Future Fossil’s High Steaks! – a fun educational game which teaches children about healthy eating.

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Award-winning Dundee-based design studio Denki will return to Drop in and Play to preview new work Monster Force 5, while Quartic Llama showcase Other, created in collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland.

This edition of Drop in and Play has attracted developers from across Scotland: critically acclaimed Fife-based games designer Michael Brough will be showing his unreleased and highly anticipated games Smesport and Helix; Lucky Frame return to DCA to show two local multi-player arcade games, Gentlemen! and the ROFLpillar, while Glasgow-based developer Niall Moody will be showcasing his abstract work in Dundee for the first time.‌

Malath Abbas, Artist, Quartic Llama, said:

“Drop in and Play is a great opportunity to meet the public and show them off our latest projects. It’s the ultimate test to see if a game is fun when people get the chance to play and give you feedback! Likewise we get to talk about our games and share our creative process and explain how the magic happens.”

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Clare Brennan, NEoN Festival Organiser, said:

“NEoN is so pleased to be teaming up with DCA again this year to deliver Drop in and Play, and with Quartic Llama on board it's sure to be the best one yet! This event has become a real highlight of our annual festival programme allowing NEoN to work in partnership to support and nurture new artists and designers working in the digital field.”

Clive Gillman, Director of DCA, said:

“This has been a really exciting event for us over the last couple of years and this year promises to bring together some even bigger names in the world of indie-gaming to show their work. There's a real buzz and energy around this event that reflects the great games design work that is going on in the city and this year will definitely also have a few fun surprises in the games on show.”‌‌

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For further information please contact Kristina Johansen-Seznec, Head of Marketing, DCA. Tel: 01382 909 241, Email: kristina.johansen@dca.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

• NEoN Digital Arts Festival is in its fifth year and brings together the city’s art and digital technology communities – a unique interaction that is one of the strengths of Dundee’s City of Culture 2017 bid.

• The winner of UK City of Culture 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 20 November.

• Abertay University is one of the partner organisations behind NEoN

• The full list of exhibitors at Drop in and Play are as follows:

Spiffing Games
Too Easy Games
Criss Cross Games
Denki
Digital Janitors
Team Junkfish
Future Fossil
Mike Enoch
Space Budgie
Michael Brough
Niall Moody
Lucky Frame
Quartic Llama

• Dundee Contemporary Arts is supported by Dundee City Council and Creative Scotland.

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