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Video game intimacy discussed at Dare ProtoPlay

7 August 2015

Internationally respected video games writer Cara Ellison will discuss how video games portray intimacy between characters at a special event at Dare ProtoPlay next week.

Her talk, ‘Games and Intersubjective Intimacy’, is the evening keynote at 6.30pm on Saturday 15 August and will be followed by a panel discussion and audience question and answer session.

Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite.

The event in Dundee follows a popular Micro-Talk on the same subject at the 2015 Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco, where she spoke as the guest of renowned game designer Richard Lemarchand.

Cara Ellison said: “People often make the mistake of saying that there isn't much sex in video games, but there's actually just less sexual imagery in games than the more obvious violent imagery.

“What we're really lacking is intersubjective intimacy between characters in video games, and people really love games that give that to us and this makes those games memorable.”

Dare ProtoPlay is Scotland’s biggest video games festival, attracting over 13,000 people across four days last year.

It 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 before travelling to Dundee to show their games to the public.

Cara added: “I’m delighted to be taking part in Dare ProtoPlay this year, speaking on the Saturday evening and hosting the awards on the Sunday afternoon.

“Dundee is an incredibly important city for game design, with a strong heritage from DMA Design right through to the startup companies coming out of Abertay University today.”

The talk will consider the games Another World, Journey, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Sacrilege, and Shadow of Mordor.

Cara Ellison is a Scottish writer, game critic and video game narrative designer. She has written for The Guardian, VICE, Kotaku, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine and the New Statesman before moving into designing narrative for video games.

Dare ProtoPlay runs from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 August. The festival is free and suitable for all ages.

Dare ProtoPlay is a major event in the Dundee cultural calendar, and was a key part of the city’s successful bid to become the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design.

Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite.

For more information, please visit the Dare to be Digital website.


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