Games Britannia is a week long videogames education and careers festival, taking place from 2 to 8 July at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield, and will celebrate the strength of the UK industry and inspire the next generation of British videogame talent. The festival concludes with the Games Britannia: REPLAYED public weekend on 7th and 8th July
Dr Jake Habgood, senior lecturer on Sheffield Hallam's game development courses, said: "We want to engage children with the exciting opportunities that the videogame industry offers. Making games is a fantastic way to challenge and inspire students to study programming, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - as well as art, English and music - by applying them all creatively to a finished product.
In the lead up to the event, teams of school children from across the region will compete to write, illustrate and compose ideas for a new video game based on one of the games industry's most iconic characters - Monty Mole. Ian Stewart, founder of the Sheffield-based game developer Gremlin Graphics who created the character, said "It's fantastic to see an initiative to rekindle the passion for programming at a young age. Many of my first employees learnt to program videogames on the computers they were first exposed to at school, and those skills helped to build the multi-billion dollar games industry we have today."
The action packed weekend celebrating 40 years of the British gaming industry looks set to be a great way to sample new and old games alike.
Namco will be displaying a host of their latest titles including Inversion, Tales of Graces F, Madagascar 3, Ni No Kuni and Witcher 2.
Nintendo have also confirmed they will be bringing their Nintendo Unleashed Tour to the event, which will have the latest 3DS and Nintendo Wii games including New Super Mario Bros 2, Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise, Kingdom Hearts 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Minecraft is the videogame sensation that has revolutionised indie game development and has changed the way we look at publishing new software. Come along and play Minecraft, as well as meeting the team behind the hugely popular and entertaining Minecraft EDU.
Sumo Digital - the jewel in Sheffield' videogame development crown, responsible for the fantastic SEGA & Sonic All Star Racing, BBC Dr Who Adventure Games and Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast will be out in full force at Games Britannia: Replayed with their latest games. Come and meet the team who have been trusted with Sega's very valuable videogame properties and see what is on the horizon.
SUMO will be showcasing Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed at the show. Steve Lycett, SUMO Digital’s Executive Producer on the SEGA franchise will be on-hand to take any questions you have about the game’s development, and to what features and treasures you can expect when it hits the shops in time for Christmas. It is an unbelievable opportunity to get an exclusive look and hands-on with this brand new title, and of course take the chance to talk to one of Britain’s top videogame development teams.
Do you think you are the best at FIFA? How about fighting games - are you a master of Street Fighter or Tekken games? Or maybe FPS shooters are your forte? If so there will be a series of gaming tournaments throughout the weekend which will give you chance to prove your skills, with great prizes supplied by publishers.
Our indie zone will showcase some of the best independently produced games of recent years, including UK exclusive first-plays of Majestic-12, Gunpoint Game, Redshirt and Girls Love Robots. The highly addictive Chompy Chomp-Chomp will also be playable in an insane four player mode.
From 3D Monster Maze to Batman: Arkham City, the Best of British zone will feature some of the biggest British games, giving people the chance to celebrate games that will provide a legacy for future generations.
Our Games Britannica Zone contains the very best games on the greatest platforms from the past 40 years, but will you agree with us? Whether on PC, Console or Arcade we have picked what we consider to be the most groundbreaking games in each genre. Likely to cause debate, guaranteed to evoke nostalgia!
As well as the best in gaming, the weekend will include keynote speeches and workshops from some of the British industry's key players.
In the 50th anniversary year of Dr No, Martin Hollis, producer of the legendary Nintendo 64 game Goldeneye, will share the stage with the man who helped to reload the James Bond game for the 21st century, Eurocom’s Tony Wills.
And marking 30 years of the Football Manager franchise, original creator Kevin Toms and current custodian of the series Miles Jacobson OBE of Sports Interactive will talk about the game and management genre’s lasting appeal.
Karl Hilton of Crytek, creators of the Far Cry and Crysis games, as well as the CryEngine game engines will also be coming along.
Do you want to get into the games industry? Want to know which subjects to study at school? What subjects your children should be studying at school? What courses are the best at University? The best advice is available via our industry experts, Blitz Academy and SHU.
Finally, a Replay Events show would not be complete without some of your favourite things - including Replay Ages (a nostalgic look at the progression of gaming hardware throughout the past 40 years) and the famous Replay Lounge featuring the very best in multiplayer game setups - slouch on the couch with your mates and play four player games for as long as you like just like you used to back in the day.
Day tickets cost £10 for adults or £8 for children. Family tickets are £28. Weekend tickets cost £18 for adults or £12 for children. 50p from each ticket sale will be donated to Special Effect.