The Midlands won’t be probably the most thrilling space within the UK but it surely has a wealthy video gaming historical past; not solely is it the birthplace of Rare, some of the iconic NES, SNES, Game Boy and N64 builders of all time, however additionally it is house to the likes of Codemasters, US Gold, Core Design, Playtonic, Playground Games and plenty of extra moreover. Also, in newer information, Midlands metropolis Birmingham served because the backdrop for most of the live-action sequences in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, a film which is actually drowning in online game references.
To have fun this proud but typically ignored historical past, Birmingham City University is holding a public lecture known as Level Up: A History of Computer Games within the Midlands. The occasion takes place on Wednesday ninth May from 6.15pm till 8pm on the The Parkside Building on the college campus.
It guarantees to be “a vigorous audio-visual journey throughout the final 4 a long time, specializing in the enduring characters, builders and corporations that helped create a regional trade that’s nonetheless rising at present.” There will even the the possibility to play a number of retro video games earlier than and after the discuss, because of the participation of Birmingham’s personal 8bit Lounge.
The panel of specialists will embrace Rare Executive Producer Louise O’Connor, veteran video games developer and Senior Lecturer Zuby Ahmed and University Senior Research Fellow Dr Alex Wade, who has written extensively on the historical past of pc video games and shall be unveiling his newest ebook, The Pac-Man Principle: A User’s Guide to Capitalism, on the occasion.
The last member of the panel is none aside from bespectacled Hobbit understudy Damien McFerran, our very personal Editorial Director. As anybody who has spent any time within the Nintendo Life workplace will attest, Damien is boringly passionate in regards to the Midlands video games trade and, when permitted to talk, will little doubt bore attendees together with his affection for all issues Rare-related.
If, regardless of listening to that Damien is attending, you nonetheless by some means fancy coming alongside, then you may order a ticket right here.