Welcome to GameCity, Europe’s biggest and best-loved videogame culture festival!

Experience a huge range of playful events in and around Nottingham from October 19th-26th 2013.

The festival is mostly free* to attend and there are loads of events suitable for all ages. It’s overflowing with fun, exciting, interesting things to do during the October half term. There’ll be a schedule of events for you to see really soon, plus lots of exciting news and surprise announcements to come over the next few months.

Our plan is to look at videogames from a different perspective, and encourage everyone to do the same. After all, games aren’t just for playing. They’re for learning. And for teaching. And for inspiring. At this year’s festival, we want to achieve this in the most accessible, engaging way possible.

It’s a unique exploration of what videogames really mean to the people who play them and the people who make them too.

GameCity is a project of Nottingham Trent University with support and backing from a range of private and public sector partners such as Nottingham City Council, Broadway Media Centre, and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

In 2008 NTU collaborated with the National Media Museum to launch the National Videogame Archive. It now has over 3000 objects in the collection.

We’ve worked alongside some of the most prominent names in gaming, including;

Microsoft Xbox, SCEE, Nintendo, Naughty Dog, thatgamecompany, Capcom, Electronic Arts, TTGames, Crytek, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Activision, Namco Bandai, Ubisoft, Freestyle Games, Media Molecule, Splash Damage, Harmonix, Jagex, Rare, Denki, Monumental Games, Midway, Introversion, Amanita Design, Zoë Mode, NanaOn-Sha, and lots more.

“…Nottingham becomes the Sundance of the Gaming world as the splendid GameCity festival, where gamers and gurus come together in a real-world setting”

The Times

“They [GameCity] turn the global videogame industry into something understandable, accessible and human.

If thatʼs not family friendly gaming, I donʼt know what is.”

Wired Magazine

“There is no other game festival in the world like GameCity – I know, I have been to a lot of them”

The Guardian

Powered by NTU

GameCity is an innovative arts and culture project powered by Nottingham Trent University. It delivers major research and inclusion projects such as the GameCity festival, GameCityNights, the Interactive Technology And Games (ITAG) conference, and the National Videogame Archive – a unique collaboration with the National Media Museum.
Nottingham Trent University is at the forefront of pioneering research into interactive technologies and their impact on society. From stroke rehabilitation through remote controlled devices to games designed to change attitudes to social problems – our research groups are advancing games culture in the fields of education, health, disabilities, security, heritage and sports.
Nottingham Trent University also offers a wide range of industry-focused degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels in associated creative industries such as computing, media and multimedia, product design, art and design and creative writing.
Students at the University are able to engage with the GameCity festival as GameCitizens, with opportunities to curate events, undertake project work relevant to their course (eg. Journalism, marketing, photography, media practices), showcase their talents as developers, animators or creators – or just go along and enjoy the festival as part of their university experience.

Links to NTU research in games culture:

Computer games will target discrimination
Videogame glove could improve the lives of stroke victims
Study of rider’s eye movements could reveal the key to show jumping success
Videogame developers take top prizes


*Some events such as film screenings and late night events will require a small cost for admission.

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