GameCity Summit – plus ‘The Glastonbury of Gaming’ and more! – Console news

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More game-related events for your bursting social calendar…

The music festival season may be coming to a messy conclusion at Reading this weekend, but the UK games calendar is only just starting to hot up. This Friday, there’s the GameCity Summit, a teaser night in which the organisers of the brilliant GameCity festival will reveal the highlights of the four-day jamboree, as well as ask audience members about what they’ve liked and disliked during the previous four events. There will also be several indie developers present, showing off their latest wares.

It’s taking place at the Antenna night club in Nottingham from 7.30pm, and you’ll need to pre-book your free tickets here.

GameCity is especially unmissable this year because… Gamesblog will be there! Or rather, I’ll be there – hosting a series of morning debates around various topical gaming issues. Imagine Kilroy, but with games, lots of geeky chatter, me running about with a microphone, special guest stars, croissants, we’ll have it all. Frankly, if you’re a Gamesblog regular and you live anyway near Nottingham, you have to come along. We’re sorting a really cool venue, and I’m hoping to have a big screen to show off game demos. More info soon…

This weekend will also see Insomnia 40 (pictured), the self-proclaimed Glastonbury of Gaming.This is a four-day games festival taking place at Newbury Racecourse. Organised by LAN gaming site Multiplay, it’s a competitive video game face-off, featuring the UK qualifiers for the World Cyber Games, as well as industry exhibitions, other large-scale LAN gaming sessions and social events. The racecourse is apparently offering catering and accommodation throughout the event, so you’ll be able to eat and sleep with style while you, erm, frag the weekend away.

Ticket prices start at a tenner for a spectator pass, which gets you access to the exhibitors and game demos. There’s more info here.

And later in October, we can look forward to the epic London Games Festival, which includes the highly recommended Eurogamer Expo, a mammoth exhibition of forthcoming games, taking place at Earls Court from October 1-3. And then, November ushers in both the NeON Digital Arts Festival in Dundee and the Bradford Animation Festival (November 9-13), which will once again feature a considerable gaming component. And it looks like I’ll be there, too, presenting a LIVE edition of the Tech Weekly podcast. I’m not sure if that’s a selling point.

So, have I missed anything?



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