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I Did A Talk: VideoBrains

Just a reminder, in case you missed it first time around, that I did a talk at VideoBrains. VideoBrains is a London collective looking to facilitate meaningful intellectual conversations about what games are and what games can be. Usually we talk to parents rather than games creators, so this was an usual and exciting opportunity. I was very honoured to be accepted to speak…and then very frightened about being accepted to speak! The other talks on the night were extremely good, which made me far more intimidated than I thought I would get! Those nerves and fears were half-realised when I dropped my carefully constructed notes onto the floor and thus lost my structure pretty much completely, but hopefully I pulled it back slightly. You can be the judge. ¬†Keen eyed viewers will enjoy my trembling hands and beetroot face. Personally, I’m just pleased my hair looked ok.

Check it out on Youtube here:

In true GameHub fashion, I should advise you that there is a little swearing and bad language. There were no children present. It was 10pm in a bar!

And also check out a couple of the other talks from the night, which were incredibly good:

And these wonderful anecdotal talks:

There was also a rather superb piece of stand-up comedy film criticism as an added bonus:

VideoBrains is a great event and it takes place monthly in London. Why not go – I’m sure you would be made extremely welcome! Or alternatively, if you are just interested, why not watch more talks on their YouTube channel, where all the videos above came from. For 15-20 mins of your time and a huge variety of topics, you are sure to find something that piques your curiosity!

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It’s Tonight!

Just a quick reminder that I’m speaking TONIGHT as part of the November VideoBrains speaker line-up. If you want to see a room full of bright minds thinking deep thoughts about interactive entertainment, get yourself down to:

Meltdown London

342 Celedonian Road

N1 1BB

Your nearest major tube station is Kings Cross and standard tickets are £6.12.

Games Culture

GameHub Loves VideoBrains!

On Monday the 23rd of November, I’ll be doing a presentation at VideoBrains. VideoBrains is a monthly seminar session held in London that attracts games developers from all over the country to exchange experiences, ideas, concepts and practices in the games industry. It’s always a fun and mind-expanding event, where video-game theory, design thinking, philosophy and psychology all mixed in with a healthy sprinkle of raconteuring. I’ll be sticking close to my specialism, talking to developers about ways to better explain their game content to parents and families in an accessible, non-technical way – there may be some group chanting of “I solemnly swear not to talk about hit-boxes.”  So, if any parents out there with any level of interest in video-games want to see on the other side of the curtain as we do our “dev-side” work, please feel free to come along and experience VideoBrains, one of the capital’s premier forums for games culture.

Tickets can be purchased here, and you can find out more general information about VideoBrains by following this link here at www.videobrains.co.uk.