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Wednesday, October 26
 

09:00

Wake Up with the Guardian

Keith Stuart & Jordan Erica Webber
1 hr

Join esteemed and punctual Guardian Games journalists Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber for an hour or so of talk to ease you gently into the festival day.

There will be special guests.
There will be coffee.
There will be toast.

Wake up with the Guardian at the NVA Toast bar... it's the most important meal of the day!

Free Entry





Wednesday October 26, 2016 09:00 - 10:00
NVA Toast Bar 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham

10:00

NVA Galleries

The National Videogame Arcade will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm every day during October half-term. At the NVA you can explore three floors of playable exhibitions about videogames, with over 65 games including the HTC Vive experience - Virtual Reality like you’ve never seen before!

See www.thenva.com/visit for gallery admission prices or more information.

Entry to the Lobby, Toast Bar and festival event spaces is totally FREE!

Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

11:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend


Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

11:00

Branching Out
Lynda Clarke
1 hr

Always wanted to try your hand at writing a game, but don’t know where to begin? Here you can learn the basic principles of writing branching stories – you know, the kind used in some of your favourite videogames! Find coding hard and scary? Don’t worry, in this workshop, you won’t have to even touch a computer. At Branching Out, you’ll learn some simple techniques to help you create the basic framework of your choice-based epic without having to write a single line of code. Even CD Projekt Red had to start somewhere.

Free to attend 

Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

National Videogame Chorus

Music for Everyone & the NVA
1 hr workshop

Do videogame songs and scores make you want to sing and dance? Do you like the sound of a capella Tetris? Mario sing-a-long? Pokémon harmonies? Then come and help us start the National Videogame Chorus, a new vocal group meetup here at The National Videogame Arcade!

Anyone can join!
The National Videogame Chorus is a community choir, where everyone can get involved! It’s about having fun, having a go and enjoying the music and songs of video games.

Our FREE taster sessions are running everyday of the GameCity Festival - drop in for an hour’s fun, informal singing session!

Organisers Music for Everyone are excited to bring the unique music of videogames to wider audiences, with the aim of performing at events throughout the year. Maybe you’ll be able to book them for your wedding!

Free to attend

Wednesday October 26, 2016 12:00 - 13:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

13:00

Win, Lose, Die: Crafting Endings in Live Games
Elizabeth Simoens
30 mins


Elizabeth Simoens from SeaSylph Games and Fire Hazard discusses the world of Live Games and how to craft interesting narratives for a playing audience.

Free to attend

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Simoens

Elizabeth Simoens

Live Game Designer, SeaSylph Games/Fire Hazard


Wednesday October 26, 2016 13:00 - 13:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

13:00

Designing location-based games

MAGELLAN
3 hrs

The explosion in popularity of Pokémon GO has demonstrated the potential for location-based games, also known as Mixed Reality, or Pervasive Games. The public nature of game play gives these interactive experiences their distinctive identity and makes them so challenging to develop. This short workshop will explore the hands-on practical creation of location-based games from design and exploration of the concepts, through to authoring in the real world. By the end of the workshop, you will have produced practical game designs.

This fun and accessible workshop will not involve programming, but will involve using your creative juices.

The best game design produced on the day will receive a prize of £50!    

The workshop will use the guides and design tools developed by the Mixed Reality Laboratory (University of Nottingham) and the MAGELLAN consortium, an international collaboration of developers, academics and creative industries. MAGELLAN's vision is to enhance the creativity of game designers by providing tools aimed at both skilled professional authors, but also at everyday authors without deep technical skills.


The workshop is aimed at both novice and expert creative designers from 14yrs and up.


Free to attend

Wednesday October 26, 2016 13:00 - 16:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

15:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend

 



Wednesday October 26, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:00

Surviving survival: building a community in Early Access
Peter Harries
30 mins

Steam Early Access is overstocked with survival games, but Small Impact Studios launched into it anyway - and The Black Death has built a player base as it approaches release. We discuss the double edged sword of early access, speaking to a community formed around an unfinished game, world building versus procedural generation, environmental storytelling in a multiplayer setting and planning towards shipping a finished game. 

Free to attend  

Wednesday October 26, 2016 16:00 - 16:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:30

Why is it Always Chess?: An Aesthetic History of a Very Old Board Game and Why We Like to Look at It
Kat Brewster
30 mins

Join Kat Brewster for a short talk on how artists have depicted chess throughout art history and why -- and how contemporary artists are making more use out of DIFFERENT games to similar effect. It'll be funny and accessible -- we promise!

Free to attend

Speakers

Wednesday October 26, 2016 16:30 - 17:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:30

Write Your Own Adventure
Lynda Clarke
1 hr

Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Always wanted to write your own? ChoiceScript makes it easier than ever, and there’s no risk of your players losing the dice under the sofa. This workshop will get you started on coding with ChoiceScript. Don’t worry if you’ve never coded anything before – ChoiceScript’s system makes it really easy – if you can type, you can code with ChoiceScript.

Free to attend  

Wednesday October 26, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

17:00

Can Videogames be Art? Or Art, a Videogame?
Callum Mulligan and Hannah Satchwell
30 mins

Callum Mulligan and Hannah Satchwell are freelancers that have worked on a variety of fun and unique events around the city, and as a result want to ask a question: Can videogames be art? Or Art, videogames? Come and discover, explore and discuss the topic in a strange and unique way.


 Free to attend

Wednesday October 26, 2016 17:00 - 17:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

19:30

GameCity 11 Launch Party

You’re invited to the start of another decade of GameCity! Join us in the NVA’s Toast bar for games, chat, drinks, toast and the launch of the GameCity Festival 2016!


Free to attend

Wednesday October 26, 2016 19:30 - 23:00
The Toast Bar 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN
 
Thursday, October 27
 

09:00

Wake Up with the Guardian

Keith Stuart & Jordan Erica Webber
1 hr

Join esteemed and punctual Guardian Games journalists Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber for an hour or so of talk to ease you gently into the festival day.

There will be special guests.
There will be coffee.
There will be toast.

Wake up with the Guardian at the NVA Toast bar... it's the most important meal of the day!

Free Entry




Thursday October 27, 2016 09:00 - 10:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

Retro NOW: Retro Classroom

Celebrating classic consoles and learning how to make games on new tech in the ultimate fusion of new and old hobbyist computing! Make and play with workshops, talks and games all day as we go back to the future!

Free to attend

Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00 - 17:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

NVA Galleries

The National Videogame Arcade will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm every day during October half-term. At the NVA you can explore three floors of playable exhibitions about videogames, with over 65 games including the HTC Vive experience - Virtual Reality like you’ve never seen before!

See www.thenva.com/visit for gallery admission prices or more information.

Entry to the Lobby, Toast Bar and festival event spaces is totally FREE!

Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

11:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend

Thursday October 27, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

11:00

Retro Classroom: SEGA Mega Drive - Assembly Programming Workshop
Big Evil Corporation
3hrs - Advanced workshop
(you will need some previous coding experience - please read below for details) 

Fancy your hand at writing a game in raw 68000 assembly language?
Come and learn how!

I’ll be running a 3 hour workshop teaching basic CPU theory, your first line of assembly, building and debugging ROMs, managing memory, initialising the Mega Drive, graphics and palette formats, all the way up to coding "Hello, World!" on the greatest console ever made (fact).

Please clicky first: https://bigevilcorporation.co.uk/2016/10/21/sega-mega-drive-assembly-programming-workshop-at-gamecity-festival/ 


Free to attend 

Speakers


Thursday October 27, 2016 11:00 - 14:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

National Videogame Chorus

Music for Everyone & the NVA
1 hr workshop

Do videogame songs and scores make you want to sing and dance? Do you like the sound of a capella Tetris? Mario sing-a-long? Pokémon harmonies? Then come and help us start the National Videogame Chorus, a new vocal group meetup here at The National Videogame Arcade!

Anyone can join!
The National Videogame Chorus is a community choir, where everyone can get involved! It’s about having fun, having a go and enjoying the music and songs of video games.

Our FREE taster sessions are running everyday of the GameCity Festival - drop in for an hour’s fun, informal singing session!

Organisers Music for Everyone are excited to bring the unique music of videogames to wider audiences, with the aim of performing at events throughout the year. Maybe you’ll be able to book them for your wedding!

Free to attend

Thursday October 27, 2016 12:00 - 13:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

13:30

Get into Games Panel
Sumo Digital
1 hr

Ever wanted to work in videogames? Get some practical advice from people who already do it! This special GameCity panel, hosted by Sumo Digital, includes tonnes of information - but make sure you bring your questions along too… 

Free to attend 

Thursday October 27, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

14:00

Retro Classroom: Pico8 Workshop
Make and share tiny games!
1hr Workshop

This workshop will use PICO-8: an online ‘fantasy console’ designed to make and share tiny games. Attendees will work on pixel art, backgrounds, and coding to create a game which will be loaded onto the Pocket Chip – a small, portable Linux computer with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard – and displayed in the NVA galleries.

Attendees should be proficient in a visual programming language such as Scratch and also have experience with a coding language such as Python.

Please note that attendees will be completing their work on laptops, and uploading and testing their work on the NVA’s Pocket Chip.

If you are interested in purchasing a Pocket Chip, or would like to find out more about it, please see their website www.getchip.com/pages/pocketchip
 

Free to attend

Thursday October 27, 2016 14:00 - 15:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

15:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend

 


Thursday October 27, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

15:00

Retro Classroom: The Retro Hour After School Club
Ravi Abbott from The Retro Hour Podcast
2hrs 30mins

Come and hang out amid Commodore Amigas, join Ravi Abbott from The Retro Hour Podcast for retro games, retro tunes and some floppy disc DJ'ing!

Speakers

Thursday October 27, 2016 15:00 - 17:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:00

From Page to Play: The Journey of our Videogame π’ng
Callum Mulligan and Emma Sims
20 mins

Join Callum Mulligan & Emma Sims for an interactive talk about taking a videogame from concept to screen. Explore the various steps in moving from a thought to reality in a fun and unique way. We will also be demonstrating our upcoming videogame project π’ng .We promise we won’t kill anyone* .

*Disclaimer: we are not responsible for you if you set yourself on fire 

Free to attend 

Thursday October 27, 2016 16:00 - 16:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:30

Coding Games with Simple AI
PlayChimp
30 mins

Learn how to code games with simple rules. 
An informal talk about the value of making and coding and how coding games can make kids better equipped for the future by learning about simple AI.
http://www.playchimp.com
 
Free to attend 

Thursday October 27, 2016 16:30 - 17:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

17:00

Love, Sex & Romance in Video Games
Kate Gray
30 mins 

A talk that expands on Kate’s recent brilliant pieces for The Guardian on love and romance in games - how to get it right, what not to do, and examples of her favourites

Free to attend

Thursday October 27, 2016 17:00 - 17:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

18:00

Late Night at the Arcade

The National Videogame Arcade
6-11pm (last entry 10pm)

The NVA opens it’s doors after dark! Visit our three floors of interactive exhibits with over 65 games to play, after hours! A special late night event for the GameCity Festival.


Tickets available at the NVA Welcome Desk
£5.50/4.50 concessions


Thursday October 27, 2016 18:00 - 22:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

19:00

Comfort Zone: Awkward games with strangers
Go to the next level of interactive gaming... Gaming, with STRANGERS!
The NVA have compiled some of the best “worst games for you to play with people you've never met.”Our enthusiastic Comfort Zone host will have you making a new friend... or possibly worse.It’ll be fun... we promise!

Free to attend


Thursday October 27, 2016 19:00 - 22:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

19:00

Off the Map Awards 2016

Join us for the 2016 Off the Map awards, our extraordinary competition in partnership with the British Library.

This year, students from around the UK have been creating new works in response to assets provided to them by curators at the BL. The theme this year has been the environments of Shakespeare and the entries have, as ever, been remarkable.

You can read more details about the competition and view the assets here.

Tonight, the winner will be revealed! Join us to see the entries and find out who the winning team will be, as well as learning details about the 2016 competition!


Please request FREE entry to the event by emailing chloe@gamecity.org


Thursday October 27, 2016 19:00 - 23:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN
 
Friday, October 28
 

09:00

Wake Up with The Guardian

Keith Stuart & Jordan Erica Webber
1 hr

Join esteemed and punctual Guardian Games journalists Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber for an hour or so of talk to ease you gently into the festival day.

There will be special guests.
There will be coffee.
There will be toast.

Wake up with the Guardian at the NVA Toast bar... it's the most important meal of the day!

Free Entry

 



Friday October 28, 2016 09:00 - 10:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

Lightning talks!
This is your chance! Grab a mic, and talk!
Five minutes of limelight is yours!

Sign up on the day to a lightning talk time slot and talk to us about anything you want!
Showcase yourself or your work, ask the audience or philosophise on the meaning of it all...
Hosted in the Lobby of The National Videogame Arcade.

Free to attend and participate

Friday October 28, 2016 10:00 - 17:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

NVA Galleries

The National Videogame Arcade will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm every day during October half-term. At the NVA you can explore three floors of playable exhibitions about videogames, with over 65 games including the HTC Vive experience - Virtual Reality like you’ve never seen before!

See www.thenva.com/visit for gallery admission prices or more information.

Entry to the Lobby, Toast Bar and festival event spaces is totally FREE!

Friday October 28, 2016 10:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

All Day Pokémon Party!

Pokémon Party!

We GO Pokémon all day with special events and activities themed around the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Sun and Moon, including a themed Alola Café Bar!

Bring your flip-flops and enjoy the island atmosphere of Pokémon Sun and Moon’s new Alola region, full of surf, sun and sand!

Make and play with Pokémon activities throughout the NVA - design your own Pokémon, take a guided Pokémon GO walk with our trainers, challenge yourself and friends in StreetPass East Midlands’ Pokémon ORAS tournaments, try to catch ‘em all in treasure hunts, and more! 


Free to attend


Friday October 28, 2016 10:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

Pokémon 3DS Tournament

StreetPass Pokémon Special! The monthly StreetPass is going bigger than ever - supported by special guests Chimera playing analog Pokémon and the Video Game Championships setting you a 3DS Pokemon challenge!


StreetPass will also be extended - continuing the fun in the NVA Clubroom until late.


https://www.facebook.com/events/1794276544121451/

Tournament entry £5


Friday October 28, 2016 12:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

Pokken / Card games

Even more Pokémon events will be taking place upstairs at the NVA Clubroom, join in the Pokken tournament or try a more relaxed card game of Pokémon.


A Pokken Tourney
With Benjamin Leech

Expect a highly competitive Pokken Tournament!


Card games
With Andy Chimera

Casual play will be happening with the card game version of Pokemon. If you want to try the game then come find us in the Clubroom at the NVA!



Friday October 28, 2016 12:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

18:30

Dead Poets Library

The ghosts have returned to Nottingham Central Library! Join our award winning Poet in Residence and wrangler of ghouls, Abigail Parry, for a fun and spooky rhyming adventure via interactive text.


FREE to attend
Nottingham City Library, Angel Row, Notts City Centre


Friday October 28, 2016 18:30 - 22:00
Notts City Library Angel Row, Nottingham

20:00

GameCityNights

GameCityNights
GameCityNights returns for a Festival special with Keith Stuart and William Pugh


Psychological Operations

Can you trust game developers, journalists or players?
Keith Stuart and William Pugh set out to interview each other about all the mind games, hype and uncertainty in the modern games industry. Discussing how developers market their games, the role the press plays, why we don't understand each other at all, and what that means. Water pistols may also be involved…


£5/4 concessions


Friday October 28, 2016 20:00 - 23:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN
 
Saturday, October 29
 

09:00

Wake Up with The Guardian

Wake Up with the Guardian

Keith Stuart & Jordan Erica Webber
1 hr

Join esteemed and punctual Guardian Games journalists Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber for an hour or so of talk to ease you gently into the festival day.

There will be special guests.
There will be coffee.
There will be toast.

Wake up with the Guardian at the NVA Toast bar... it's the most important meal of the day!

Free Entry

 



Saturday October 29, 2016 09:00 - 10:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:00

NVA Galleries

The National Videogame Arcade will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm every day during October half-term. At the NVA you can explore three floors of playable exhibitions about videogames, with over 65 games including the HTC Vive experience - Virtual Reality like you’ve never seen before!

See www.thenva.com/visit for gallery admission prices or more information.

Entry to the Lobby, Toast Bar and festival event spaces is totally FREE!

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

10:30

The Sheriff's Gauntlet

The Sheriff's Gauntlet

‘Play the City’

A free game for everyone, played across Nottingham Castle grounds!

Saturday 29th October
Event sign up 10.30-11am
Challenges begin! 11am

Once again the Sheriff of Nottingham challenges citizens to take part in the annual trial of skill, cunning and guile! Previous tests included penalty-taking during a Nottingham County football match, African Drum performance at the Theatre Royal, and a courtroom grilling at the hands of the Evil Sheriff! Nottingham residents have won the favour of the Sheriff and - in accordance with a centuries old tradition - a full-size metal gauntlet and a dedicated area of land within the city.

This year, the stakes are raised even higher!

Can you prove yourself worthy of this honour? You’ll need to be ready for anything!


Free to play: Meet at the statue of Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle at 10.30AM


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:30 - 13:30
Nottingham Castle Lenton Rd, Nottingham NG1 6EL

11:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend

 


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

Bleeps, Bloops and Brassbands!

Chris Wickham
20 mins

Aimed at developers and composers alike, this talk will take a whistle-stop tour through the history of video game music and provide tips and tricks to help you find the right music for your project. We will explore musical psychology, orchestration and composition techniques to help developers communicate more effectively with composers to achieve the best results.



Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00 - 12:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

12:00

National Videogame Chorus

Music for Everyone & the NVA
1 hr workshop

Do videogame songs and scores make you want to sing and dance? Do you like the sound of a capella Tetris? Mario sing-a-long? Pokémon harmonies? Then come and help us start the National Videogame Chorus, a new vocal group meetup here at The National Videogame Arcade!

Anyone can join!
The National Videogame Chorus is a community choir, where everyone can get involved! It’s about having fun, having a go and enjoying the music and songs of video games.

Our FREE taster sessions are running everyday of the GameCity Festival - drop in for an hour’s fun, informal singing session!

Organisers Music for Everyone are excited to bring the unique music of videogames to wider audiences, with the aim of performing at events throughout the year. Maybe you’ll be able to book them for your wedding!

Free to attend

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00 - 13:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

14:00

'HAVE YOU WRITTEN IT DOWN YET?
Just Add Water
1 hr


Just Add Water will be joining us for a retrospective in brainstormed game design and what to not write down! Get an insight in to the process that began Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty.


Free to attend 


Saturday October 29, 2016 14:00 - 15:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

15:00

The Incredible Playable Show!

Alistair Aitcheson
1 hr

Videogame designer and friend of the NVA Alistair Aitcheson is returning for more physically-active installation and social games, played live with an audience. Alistair is the creator of the incredible ‘Dash and Bash’ currently playable for free in the NVA Lobby window, so expect more fun with audience interaction, glitching games and playing games as they were never supposed to be played!


Free to attend

 


Saturday October 29, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

15:00

DLC: Past, present, and future

Rachel Saunders
1 hr 30 mins Roundtable discussion


A round table discussion about DLC, looking at the legal, social, and economic factors driving and shaping DLC. Rachel Saunders is looking to develop this into a research paper, and would be interested in getting the industry's take on DLC, particularly as it has become a significant core of many studios revenue stream.



Saturday October 29, 2016 15:00 - 16:30
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

16:00

Keith Stuart: A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
1 hr

A talk and reading from Guardian journalist Keith Stewart on his debut novel ‘A Boy Made of Blocks', inspired by the author's experiences with his own son; A Boy Made of Blocks is an astonishingly authentic story of love, family, autism and Minecraft.

Free to attend


Saturday October 29, 2016 16:00 - 17:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

17:00

Words failed me
Ben Green
1 hr

The medium of boardgames is becoming a vibrant hive of independent games development. Made by people in their spare time, in bedrooms and on dining tables after they finish their regular jobs and often late into the night.

Boardgames are deceptively difficult to make well, with no degradation in expectations of visual and mechanical fidelity when compared with their cousins, videogames.

Boardgames have one quirk that makes them especially challenging; the rules of the game are computed and executed by the players. As a tabletop developer you code in the human mind but the language you use is non-standard, ambiguous and often confusing! 

Saturday October 29, 2016 17:00 - 18:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

19:00

Open Awards

For the first time ever, Open Arcade will be showcased with its own Open Awards! The 2016 festival will host a new award for exhibitors, chosen by a team of experts with the ceremony hosted at The National Videogame Arcade.

Taking place as the headline event on the final night of the festival, awards will be given via our panel of industry expects to the best game, best game developed by a student or graduate maximum of 2 years and the ‘Spirit of the festival’ award, given to someone or something that the panel of judges think embodies the spirit of the GameCity Festival.

Join us in the NVA Lounge for the awards ahead of the final night party with Marioke!


Free to attend

Saturday October 29, 2016 19:00 - 20:00
The National Videogame Arcade 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

21:00

Closing Party: Marioke!

One Life Left close GameCity 2016 with Marioke! 250 all-new, sing-a-long classics and a night in a private, irony-free universe where we’re all superstars and everything is amazing. If you haven’t joined the Marioke army yet, maybe it’s time?

Marioke is a night of karaoke classics rewritten to be about videogames. Perhaps that sounds like a joke and that’s how it began — but now it’s a cult event with an international army of boisterous, vocal fans. 

While there are in-jokes aplenty (“Hello” is about Halo, “Purple Rain” about Heavy Rain and “Common People” is a song about a PC gamer who wants to live life like Console People), the lyrics are broad enough to ensure you don’t need to be obsessed with videogames to enjoy Marioke. “I’m a Believer” is about Windows mainstay Minesweeper; “Take On Me” recalls platform classic Donkey Kong. Videogames are for everyone now and so, it turns out, are stupid songs and stupid jokes.

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The event is £5 on the door
(cash only)


Saturday October 29, 2016 21:00 - 23:00
Spanky Van Dykes 17 Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5JT