Cambridge Game Developers' Showcase - Saturday 7th April 2018
Join us for a day to celebrate videogame development in Cambridge!
At the Cambridge Game Developers' Showcase, award-winning local teams and aspiring developers will be showing off their games, including as-yet-unreleased titles like Heaven's Vault and Röki, and will be on hand to talk to visitors about working in the constantly-changing games industry. We'll also be hosting talks from leading members of the community and presenting the games of the past that inspired them.
Our home city has a rich heritage of game development dating back to the earliest days of the home computer revolution, when pioneering developers were creating software for home-grown machines from Acorn and Sinclair. Today, Cambridge is home to numerous developers ranging from studios with hundreds of employees to independent outfits with a handful of staff.
Entry to this event is included as part of your standard museum ticket. You can pre-purchase tickets here or buy them on the day. The rest of the museum is open as normal.
10am - CCH opens to the public
11am - Talk, 'From 8 Letters to 80 Days: a History of Games through Text', Jon Ingold, Narrative Director, Inkle
2pm - Talk, 'Röki: Crafting a Fairytale' - Alex Kanaris-Sotiriou & Tom Jones, Co-Founders, Polygon Treehouse
3pm - Talk, 'Artist for Hire' - Matt Syrett, Environment Artist, Table Flip Games
5pm - CCH closes to the public
Joining us today will be:
Inkle, founded in 2011, are the creators of 80 Days, named Time Magazine's Game of the Year in 2014, and the Sorcery! series of gamebook adaptations. They specialise in interactive narratives and are preparing for the release of Heaven's Vault, coming this year to PS4, PC and mobile devices.
Polygon Treehouse was started by two art directors formerly of Guerrilla Games, Sony's studio in Cambridge. Having made the leap from an international big-budget studio to indie development, Alex and Tom have plenty of experiences to share. Their first game, Röki, is a Scandinavian-inspired fantasy adventure game.
Hailing from just down the road in Ely, Inertia have been making games for Facebook and mobile platforms since 2003. Their current project is Catastronauts, a hectic four-player co-op game where players team up to fix their starship and fight off enemy vessels.
Table Flip Games was founded in 2014 by Tommy Thompson and Matthew Syrett. Tommy and Matt met while working as university lecturers in computer science and computer game art respectively. Their continued collaboration has led to Sure Footing, a fast and frantic infinite runner about four friends saving their world from extinction. Matt makes it pretty and Tommy makes it work!
Minibeast Studios was founded by two couch multiplayer fanatics aiming to create the racing game to rule them all - Must Dash Amigos! Up to 4 players can compete in this battle racer where you must outlast your opponents through hazardous environments, grabbing weapons and powerups along the way. Burrito torpedoes, bomb-e-granates, pinata stampedes and more chaos coming soon to Xbox One.
Installation Required consists of Katy Marshall and Alex Johansson. They specialise in making games built around unique controllers. They'll be demonstrating Vaccination, a medical game featuring a human-shaped controller that players inject with a giant syringe.
Cambridge Game Devs are a collective of developers from our region. They organise socials, networking and other events. Anyone who has developed a game or has a project on the go is welcome to join up, exchange information with colleagues and help promote gaming and game development in the city.
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!