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2015

Game Boy musician opens Scotland’s biggest video games festival

13 August 2015

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International game music superstar Chipzel, who creates dance music from Game Boy consoles, opened Scotland’s biggest video games festival today (Thursday 13 August).

Dare ProtoPlay is held as the finale of Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital game design competition, which this year sees 16 teams of students building games at their home universities.

The students then travel to Dundee to show their games to the public. Last year’s Dare ProtoPlay festival attracted over 13,000 people across four days.

Chipzel is performing in the Caird Hall on Thursday evening from 9-10pm as part of the programme of the Edinburgh Game Symposium: ProtoPlay Edition.

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Professor Gregor White, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said: “We’re looking forward to another hugely successful festival this week, and to seeing people of all ages come and play the Dare to be Digital games.

“Video games are a fascinating combination of all sorts of different forms of art, creativity and design, from architecture in the design of environments and levels, to art, music, programming and much more.

“This year’s festival has a really eclectic mix of games from all over the world, from a music game played using a real snare drum to frantic multiplayer games. One game even offers a meditative experience as you explore a beautiful garden.

“There are also a host of free family events, so there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy – whether they consider themselves a video gamer or not.”

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As well as games created by the Dare to be Digital contestants and independent game developers, there are also a range of family friendly events taking place at the Dare ProtoPlay festival.

The Cardboard Challenge invites people of all ages to come and build their own video game arcade from cardboard boxes, Killer Queen Arcade Field Game is a computer game similar to ‘capture the flag’ played in the real world, and Johann Sebastian Joust is a game with no graphics which uses motion controllers linked to the speed of a piece of classical music.

Dare ProtoPlay runs from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 August in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square. The festival is free and suitable for all ages.

For more information, please visit the Dare ProtoPlay website.

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For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Manager) – T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk

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