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Introducing Iain Simons of Game City – Our new Guest Blogger

We’re thrilled to announce our new guest blogger, one of the brains behind Nottingham’s GameCity Festival. As is tradition, we asked Iain 10 questions to get to know him a bit better.

Who are you ?

Iain Simons, I direct the GameCity festival.

What brought you to Nottingham?

University – I studied on the now-defunct Contemporary Arts course at NTU.

What keeps you in Nottingham?

Nottingham. I’m very fond of it. I don’t think i’d want to live anywhere else, really – other than San Francisco.

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

We’re in an unusual position I think in that we’re as much a platform as a content developer in and of ourselves. As such we get to work with a huge variety of individuals and companies – from Microsoft’s and Nintendo’s to playground engineers, indie game devs and students.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Other than not running GameCity, I’m not wholly sure. I’d like to be able to have more time to write again and develop some other projects. There’s lots of things that have had to be put into a holding pattern whilst the festival has grown, so I’m looking forward to concentrating on other things too.

What do you wish you had more time for?

More than anything else I *really* miss playing music, which was something I always did having worked as a musical director for a few years in my early twenties. Note to self : get band back together…

What Keeps you Awake at Night?

Coffee after 2pm, other than that i sleep pretty well.

What do you think is Nottinghams’ best kept secret?

I’m not really sure, but whenever we have guests here from overseas, they always say we have some great pubs and that people are really friendly.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

Confidence, audacity and free public wi-fi.

What Big thing are you currently working on?

GameCity 5, the next National Videogame Archive Summit and the Takahashi Playground at Woodthorpe park.

We look forward to hearing more from Iain and more about this years GameCity over the next two weeks!