FAQ


What is GameCity?
What are the dates & times of the festival?
Where is the festival?
What’s happening at the festival?
How does the festival schedule work?
How much does it cost?
Where do I get tickets?
Who goes?
Is it good for families?
How do we get there?
Where do we stay?
How are the festival participants chosen?
I can’t get there this year. Will I miss out completely?
Why should I come to GameCity?
How can I take part?
Where can I find more information?

What is GameCity?

There’s a great description right here. Basically, GameCity is a set of projects run by Nottingham Trent University that focus on the celebration and exploration of videogame culture. We organise a festival every year. This will be the eighth GameCity, so we’ve called it GameCity 8 to keep it simple.

Last year, around 60,000 people visited GameCity throughout 8 days of fun, playful, interesting events at some of Nottingham’s finest venues & public spaces. This year is going to be bigger, better, and even more fun!

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What are the dates of the festival?

19-26 October 2013. Which is during half term. Now would be a good time to put it in your diary and remember to book the time off.

There’s lots of events and fun things happening from early morning until late evening in various Nottingham venues.

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Where is the Festival?

The festival takes place in some of Nottingham City Centre’s best venues and public spaces such as the Old Market Square and the Council House. There’s a map here. We’ll be adding venues as we confirm them.

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What’s happening at the festival?

Click here to view the festival schedule

We’ll be adding events to the schedule as and when they’re confirmed, so keep checking in on the run up to festival week. Sign up to create your own schedule and get the full details of all the events we’re running throughout the week.

Keep an eye on the News page and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest lineup announcements and plenty of information about the many things you can expect at GameCity.

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How does the festival schedule work?

The festival schedule is a guide to everything happening at GameCity 8. You can view the full details of each event including times, dates, venues, speakers and content. Search for events by category and tags such as “Family”, “Party”, “Workshop”.

You can also sign up and create a profile, allowing you to build a personalised schedule that you can manage and view in several ways. You can download a mobile web app to your Android, Blackberry or iPhone device by visiting http://festival.gamecity.org/schedule on your mobile browser.

Create a personalised schedule to:
• Find friends on Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin.
• Use on your mobile phone.
• Print out or subscribe to iCal feeds.
• Get listed in the attendee directory.

The mobile web app is specially designed for offline storage and to be quick and efficient while using at the event. They are always in sync with the same list of events you’ve added for your public schedule so there’s no extra work!

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How much does it cost?

The majority of the festival is free. You’ll need to check the individual event details when they’re available to be sure. Some events will require a small cost for admission.

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Where do I get tickets?

Most of the festival is free, ticketless and open to the general public. But due to some venues having a limited capacity, some events will require pre-booking or queuing to get in. Some events (like film screenings or clubnights) will require a small cost for admission. Don’t worry though, you don’t need a ticket to go to the majority of GameCity. The festival schedule will contain full details for every confirmed event including entry requirements.

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Who goes?

Lots of different people. Just like videogames themselves, the festival has different things for different audiences. We like to think everyone will find something interesting, enlightening and fun at GameCity.

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Is it good for families?

Absolutely. Particularly in the Market Square we tend to programme the most family friendly activities. The festival schedule will tell you what events are the most family friendly. The festival falls in the week of the October half term. With that in mind, we make sure to have loads of events suitable for people of all ages.

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How do we get there?

There are lots of different ways. Ultimately it’s up to you but we encourage using the greenest methods of travel if possible. The festival takes place all over Nottingham’s City Centre, so you need to get to Market Square to really take part.

Our friends at Experience Nottinghamshire claim that Nottingham is “incredibly easy to get to”. Not only that – but on this site they show you how.

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Where do we stay?

Nottingham has a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. Visit Experience Nottinghamshire for a comprehensive list.

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How are the festival participants chosen?

We programme throughout the year, trying to bring the most interesting and exciting work to the festival. In addition to that, our OpenGameCity platform offers a new way for everyone to get involved by proposing and running their own events.

If you’d like to learn more about participating in the festival please email info@gamecity.org with your enquiries and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

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I can’t get there this year. Will I miss out completely?

Some of the events will be streamed live, so do keep checking the website for details.

We’re currently working on our archives, video and podcast programme, so whilst it’s not quite like being there – it’s the next best thing. Some of our video archive is already available to view on GameCityTV, with more content being uploaded frequently.

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Why should I come to GameCity?

If you like videogames, then GameCity is full of stuff you’ll be interested in. Some of that stuff might even be videogames.

If you don’t know if you like videogames or not, GameCity is a good place to discover what they can be.

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How can I take part?

Check out the OpenGameCity details if you think you could run a fun/playful/interesting/brilliant event during the festival. We’d love to hear your ideas and bring you on board.

If you’d like to help out at the festival in any way, visit GameCitizens where you can sign up and find out everything you need to know to become a GameCity festival volunteer. There’s always lots of exciting opportunities available to keen, talented, nice people.

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Where can I find more information?

If you haven’t found out what you need to know from this site – do drop us an email at info@gamecity.org or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

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