Press Start: Norwich Gaming Festival kicks off next week
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Gamers of Norwich, do you have your controllers at the ready? Whether you are a PC or a console gamer the Norwich Gaming Festival has something to get those trigger fingers going.
Taking place next week, Monday, May 29 till Saturday, June 3, at The Forum Norwich, the festival has a week of free video gaming fun.
More than 50,000 visitors attended the festival last year, where they had a chance to get involved with indie, mainstream and retro games, seminars, talks, workshops, demos and shows.
The event is organised and hosted by The Forum and celebrates the cultural, creative and educational aspects of the gaming industry.
The week is aimed at all ages and levels of interest. Whether you are a casual Minecraft player building your idyllic home or the most hard-core Call of Duty player, there is something for you at the festival.
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A taster of what can be expected is a Virtual Reality Zone, Retro Arcade in The Gallery, a Gaming Village outside The Forum, an Indie showcase of more than 40 games and a Games Studies Day, with short talks from the University of East Anglia on Thursday, June 1,
On Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, Norwich University of the Arts will be attending giving fans the opportunity to chat to students, designers and industry experts, information on gaming educational and career opportunities and the Warp Zone: an opportunity for under 16s to showcase their game development skills and receive expert advice.
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Danny McIlwrath, Norwich Gaming Festival project manager said: 'Every year the Norwich Gaming Festival gets bigger and better and the programme for NGF2017 is packed full of gaming fun and learning opportunities.'
Mark Wickham, course leader for BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at NUA, festival partner, said: 'We are really looking forward to the Norwich Gaming Festival – it gives the public a real chance to see the breadth of the flourishing gaming industry in Norwich and allows our students to exhibit their work whilst networking with games professionals.'