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GameCity5 programme announced

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Hot on the heels of our recent update on all things game-related in Nottingham, we hear that some of the details of next month’s GameCity5 have just been announced. Soon after the gathering of game gurus at the G5 Summit (and a little after a CreativeNottingham insight into the inner workings of this high profile festival) the news is in about the events, activities and encounters due to take place around the city from 26 to 30 October.  This sounds like something special both for fervent enthusiasts and confirmed non-gamers like me.

GameCity is part of Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Contemporary Play initiative and celebrates the wider cultural aspects of play in all its forms.”

Apparently the GameCity5 arena will feature a series of relaxing spaces where you can try out upcoming (but still secret) games. Over the course of the festival, celebrated illustrators will decorate each space in their own unique style.

Just a few of the special events are:

Gamesblog Breakfast – a full English and the chance to talk all things videogames with hosting by Guardian Gamesblog correspondent Keith Stuart and a different special guest every morning.

Adam Saltsman in action – children get to inspire this celebrated games designer with their own character designs and plot ideas. He’ll then work non-stop to create an original game using as many of the suggestions possible and you’ll be able to play the final game.

Pac Man Lyon/tea party – play the world’s biggest game of Pac Man around the streets of Nottingham via GPS and celebrate your adventure at a special tea party!

Join the LEGO Universe! – play Lego Universe before it’s released or have fun with the real life version. 

OpenGameCity – this set of tools will be launched to allow you to share and shape your experience of GameCity.

Plus we hear there’ll also be a world exclusive performance of the soundtrack from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – performed by its composer, comedy, a stop motion film workshop for children, a keynote speech from a VVIP (speakers from previous years include include Parappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura, Noby Noby Boy visionary and playground pioneer Keita Takahashi and Media Molecule’s Alex Evans) and more. Watch this space…