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The National Science and Media Museum is pleased to announce the full programme for this year’s Yorkshire Games Festival, from 12 to 18 February 2022, with a packed lineup of Game Talks, masterclasses, Q&As and the return of the popular Let’s Play weekend.
The festival is returning for its sixth edition and will kick off on Saturday 12 February with the popular Let’s Play family weekend, followed by an impressive lineup of Games Talks on 17 and 18 February.
To mark the start of Yorkshire Games Festival, the Let’s Play family weekend will take over the museum on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February. Younger visitors will be able to experience games on the big screen, play the latest board games and analogue experiences with friends and beta-test new projects from Northern developers.
On Thursday, 17 February, Game Talks will return with a unique programme of talks, masterclasses and Q&A events featuring high-profile industry guests. Speakers will include David Sheppherd from Ubisoft Leamington who will be leading a talk on the role of UX in gaming. Dr James Cook will be joined by Composers, Adam J. Sporka and Jan Valta for a talk on open-world game music and demonstrating a composition from scratch. Director and Producer at Those Eyes, Trine Laier will reveal secret knowledge on how to develop and design an authentic game.
Acid Nerve Co-Director David Fenn will take us through the development journey of Death’s Door, focussing on how the studio made everything work with a small team. Bobby Thandi, CEO of XR Games will reveal the do’s and don’ts of raising investment for games studio. Will Doyle of Supermassive Games will explore the design process behind crafting interactive horror games in the Dark Pictures Anthology.
On Friday, 18 February, visitors will be able to hear talks from Sean Gorman, Level Designer from Rocksteady who will explore the design fundamentals needed to create meaningful and satisfying spaces in games. Team17’s Joshua Garrity and Jasper Barnes will give their top tips for the perfect game pitch. Women in Games Ambassador, Bex Betton, will be exploring the prospects of work experiences and unpaid opportunities in the gaming industry. Senior Character Artist, Nele Steenput will discuss best practices for character art in VR.
Running alongside Game Talks will be a range of fringe events where visitors will be able to experience different games or network and gain career advice from industry leading experts.
Yorkshire-based developers, Team17 will be hosting their Usability Lab where gamers can get first-hand experience in game testing with the opportunity to give feedback.
Festival Director, Kathryn Penny, commented: “We are delighted to see the return of the Yorkshire Games Festival for its sixth year with an impressive programme of talks, events and activities, including the return of the popular Let’s Play weekend. This year’s festival will not only welcome a host of inspiring speakers who are working at the forefront of the UK’s fast-growing games industry but also offer younger gamers and their families opportunities for free gameplay and unique experiences.
“Our Game Talks sessions will encourage gaming fans of all levels to take the leap into this exciting and fast-moving industry by providing attendees with invaluable insight to boost their knowledge and skills to develop a successful career in gaming.
“We are also thrilled to announce the full programme details for our Let’s Play weekend that will give younger gamers and their families the chance to explore the latest boundary pushing videogames as well as hearing about amazing opportunities available in the industry.”
Details of the full Game Talks programme and activities for Let’s Play weekend can be found via the Yorkshire Games Festival website. Passes for the Yorkshire Games Festival: Game Talks 2022 are now available and can be booked via the Yorkshire Games Festival website.
While restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.