London Games Festival Returns 24 October – 1 November 2009

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The London Games Festival will be kicking off in the UK this October,  the festival which is has events for both the industry and the games loving public.  Now in it’s forth year the Festival is hopefully going to be bigger and better with the public being given more access to the event than ever before.  Hit the jump for a list of the events that have been announced so far.

24th & 25th October – London MCM Expo

The MCM Expo returns to the Excel Center in London’s Docklands area.  The event covers comics, films, anime and manga but videogames have been making a bigger presence in recent years.  Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dynasty Warriors 6 were both playable at the last MCM Expo in may which also had a massive presence from Rising Star Games who were showcasing a lot of their games.  With the October event tied into the London Games Festival expect videogames to have a massive appearance at the event.

27 October – London Games Conference

This industry only event organised by Intent Media, publishers of MCV Magazine is taking place at BAFTA in central London.

30 – 31 October – Eurogamer Expo

Taking place in Old Billingsgate, the Eurogamer Expo will hopefully feature playable versions of some of the big games that we will be playing this Christmas, it’s open entirely to the public so you’ve got no excuse not to come down and hang out.  EA, Eidos, Bethesda, Sega, Capcom and Konami have all announced they will have a presence there with more announcements yet to come.  If you can’t make it down to London for the event then they will also be holding exactly the same event in Leeds on the 27 and 28 October. Tickets are £6 each and can be brought here.

30 October – Golden Joystick Awards

Now in it’s 27th year, the Golden Joystick awards are one of the biggest videogame awards ceremonies in the country.  Last year the COD4 took home the coveted game of the year award, with GTA 4 and Fallout 3 both picking up several awards as well.  You can vote by visiting the Golden Joystick website, I’m looking forward to seeing which game takes the award home this year, there were so many great games released towards the end of last year the competition is going to be pretty tight.

30 October – Playful

Taking place at Conway Hall,  Playful is a one day event which looks at what the concept of play means to people and focuses on both the present and future of game design.  This year speakers will coming from more mainstream professions to look at how gaming can be made more meaningful and accessible to the mainstream.  According to the website Playful:

“looks to chart the way forward, and on its way will visit not just the conventional console and PC game, but the myriad of interactive and play-based entertainment experiences which are increasingly becoming part of online, film, television, theatre, installation and performance arts.”

The tickets are £40, it certainly sounds like it’s going to be interesting day, particularly if you’re a student or just trying to fight your way into games development.

30 – 31 October – Career Fair

If you want to get into the games industry or want to find a great college or university to study games development then this is the place to go, running alongside the Eurogamer Expo in Old Billingsgate, you’ll be able to meet industry representatives who should be able to point you in the right direction to make your break in the industry.

I’ll be heading into London for both the MCM and Eurogamer Expos, are any of you guys planning of heading down, let me know?

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