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Computer games legend signs Abertay University’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail sculpture

14 June 2016

Oor Wullie

Computer games legend Dave Jones, one of the pioneers of Dundee’s pre-eminence as a centre of the video games industry, has signed Abertay University’s contribution to the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail.

The Abertay sculpture has been decorated by Ryan Locke, one of the University’s computer arts lecturers, in a style recalling the iconic “Lemmings” computer game, which was the first major international success for Dave Jones’ company DMA Design in the 1990s.

“Lemmings” was one of the first multi-million-selling video games and helped establish DMA Design as a successful developer of games.  DMA in turn became a mainstay of the Dundee computer games sector in its infancy and spawned a number of successor companies.  

Dave studied at Abertay before setting up DMA Design in 1987, and is still an honorary visiting professor on the University’s games design courses.  Abertay awarded him an honorary degree in 1996.

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is a public art event that will feature 50 or more giant Oor Wullie sculptures, each decorated in a unique way, bringing a riot of colour to the streets of Dundee over the summer.

They will be on show for 10 weeks  before being auctioned to raise funds for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal to create a theatre suite for the children’s hospital.

Picture shows Dave Jones (left) with Ryan Locke and the Oor Wullie statue painted in characteristic "Lemmings" colours of blue overalls and green hair.

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