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Games wanted for family friendly event at DCA

15 January 2015

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Computer game designers are invited to take part in the next Drop In and Play event, as part of three days of celebrations of Dundee being named the UK's first UNESCO City of Design.

Drop In and Play Jnr will run from 11am-2pm on Saturday 31 January at DCA, showcasing games suitable for 0-15 year olds.

This showcase is an opportunity for members of the public to play games and meet the people who created them, and also to find out more about the Code Clubs for 9 to 11 year olds which are currently spreading across Dundee.

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Clive Gillman, Director of DCA, said: “Drop in and Play Jnr is a first for DCA, shining a spotlight on the games being created for children by Dundee’s incredibly talented companies, students and school pupils.

“Being named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design is a huge recognition of the city’s design achievements and talent, but also our ambitions for the future. DCA is very proud to be involved with the city’s Code Clubs and helping to inspire young people to become game designers.”

Drop in and Play is a regular gaming event which was first held at DCA in November 2012 as part of NEoN Digital Arts festival and Discovery Film Festival. Drop in and Play is a DCA led event, with this event presented in partnership with Abertay University.

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Professor Louis Natanson, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said: “Computer games are the perfect medium for inspiring young people to become designers, and to see how many of their school subjects – from art and maths to music – link to exciting career options in the games industry.

“Drop In and Play Jnr will be a great opportunity for children and parents to learn more about game design and Code Clubs, and for game developers to get direct feedback on their work from their audience.”

Previously held at DCA in association with Creative Dundee and the NEoN Festival, these popular 'Drop in and Play' events are now a regular date on the calendar.

The organisers are looking for new and unreleased games made in Scotland, and in particular Dundee. Games must be a finished product or playable prototype, suitable for anyone under 15.

The event will be a relaxed format where the public get a chance to interact with developers and their creations. Applications from individuals, students and small companies are all welcomed.

Game developers can submit their game by contacting

Drop In and Play Jnr follows the Platforms for Creativity event organised by the University of Dundee and Creative Dundee on Thursday 29 January and a UNESCO City of Design launch event on Friday 30 January.


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