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Dare ProtoPlay is back!

3 August 2015

Scotland’s biggest video games festival returns to Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 August. The festival is free and open from 10am each day.

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

Family friendly events

Cardboard Challenge

Come and build your own video game arcade from cardboard boxes! Part of the Imagination Foundation’s 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge and inspired by the Caine’s Arcade video of a nine-year-old who built his own arcade from cardboard. Free, book on the Dare ProtoPlay website.

Killer Queen Arcade Field Game

What’s it like to play a computer game in the real world? Killer Queen is a team game, similar to ‘capture the flag’. Free, no booking required, just drop in.

Johann Sebastian Joust

Using motion controllers, this is a game with no graphics. The goal is to be the last player remaining. The music — J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos — changes speed and makes it easier or harder to joust against your opponents. Free, no booking required, just drop in.

Junior judging

Children aged 8-14 can play, judge and score the Dare games. £10 per child. Tickets from the Dare ProtoPlay website.

Music concerts and game design conference

This year’s festival also features live orchestral ensemble Mantra Collective performing arrangements of indie game music and dance musician Chipzel who uses Game Boy consoles to create energetic, melodic dance tracks.

Mantra Collective are performing 7.30-8.30pm and Chipzel 9.00-10.00pm on Thursday 13 August. Tickets can be bought separately or as an Edinburgh Game Symposium conference pass.

Both events are jointly presented with Edinburgh Game Symposium alongside two days of industry talks on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August.

Cara Ellison keynote and panel discussion

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

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.

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