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Yorkshire Games Festival’s Let’s Play weekend promises amazing activities for all ages

Next month’s Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Science and Media Museum presents a weekend for videogamers of all ages.

The Let’s Play family weekend features a range of new games, interactive live shows and challenges, plus education and careers advice from BAFTA Young Game Designers and Bradford College.

The Let’s Play weekend takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February throughout the museum. It explores unusual, boundary-pushing titles in Videogames, But..., celebrates some of the region’s most innovative independent developers, and brings one of the liveliest comedy shows imaginable to the stage in The Incredible Playable Show.

Highlights include ten independent developers and designers from the north of England giving visitors the chance to get hands-on with their latest projects in the Northern Games Showcase, celebrating the region’s innovation and providing lots of fun alongside beta-testing and feedback.

The Incredible Playable Show (tickets £6/£5, book online or on the day) puts visitors at the heart of the action as they compete as human buttons, zappers, or live characters in a game of Pac-Man, complete with inflatable toys! Elsewhere there are more hands-on activities, including the award-winning WizeFloor, a digital interactive game that combines play, movement and learning for children aged 3+; building working games controllers out of fruit to create a ‘banana spaceship’, courtesy of the National Videogames Museum; analogue gaming (board and tabletop games) hosted by Bradford’s Button Mash group; plus screenings of Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet for just £2 a ticket.

For anyone wishing to find out more about education and career opportunities in the industry that, according to recent figures, accounts for more than half the entertainment market in the UK, the BAFTA Careers Bar offers just that. It includes short talks from developers such as Sheffield’s Sumo Digital, Liverpool’s Lucid Games, and the Bradford community games company Impact Gamers, on a range of related subjects as well as information about the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

On Saturday 9 February, the Advanced Technology Centre at Bradford College hosts the Creative Crunch, a free day for games enthusiasts aged 14+ to gain invaluable advice and skills in games design, music, art and even developing a creative pitch, as well as compete in coding challenges (book free places online).

Kathryn Penny, Director of the Yorkshire Games Festival, said:

“The Yorkshire Games Festival aims to inspire the industry’s next generation, but the Let’s Play family weekend is all about having loads of fun as well. Come along for a taste of the some of the latest and most unusual titles around, celebrate talent from our region, and get careers advice direct from BAFTA Games. The live-action Incredible Playable Show is also an experience that should not be missed, so grab the family for an entire weekend of gaming action!”

Let’s Play follows the Yorkshire Games Festival’s schools programme on 6 February, then two full days of industry icons delivering Game Talks for older students and early-career professionals, as well as the Up Your Game business matchmaking event (7–8 February). There are games demos and drop-ins throughout, plus a festival party at the Brick Box Rooms in Bradford from 19.00 on 8 February.

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For more details, please contact:

Phil Oates, National Science and Media Museum: phil.oates@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk / 01274 203 317

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. It draws on more than three million objects from its national collection to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives. The museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.

ABOUT YORKSHIRE GAMES FESTIVAL

The Yorkshire Games Festival showcases some of the greatest talent and titles from across the videogames spectrum from the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire, in partnership with games business network Game Republic.

The festival is designed to provide gamers and budding game makers unrivalled access to the industry, offering insights into all aspects of the games industry from award-winning studios, and hosting live shows and events showcasing a wealth of games and activities.

The Yorkshire Games Festival also dedicates a day to school groups, aiming to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the many aspects of videogame design, development and coding.

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