Edinburgh International Conference Centre, August 15th, 2010. Brian Baglow, Revolver PR's head of Interactive Entertainment hosted last night's Dare to be Digital Protoplay Awards ceremony, at the culmination of the three day event.
Now in its tenth year, Brian has been involved in the Dare to be Digital competition in various ways, from the very first year – as a judge, a mentor, providing PR consultancy support, the face of this year's entry video and now, as the host of the awards ceremony.
Dare to be Digital is the world's leading game design competition, challenging teams of students from universities around the world to create new and original videogames. Teams have only ten weeks in the computer labs at the University of Abertay in Dundee to design and develop their videogame. At the end of this time, they have three days during the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival to showcase their games to members of the public, as well as a panel of judges drawn from the world's leading games studios.
The Digital PR specialist presided over an event where three teams are chosen as winners and go on to become nominees in the British Academy of Film & Television Awards (BAFTA) 'Ones To Watch' competition. A new category of award, created by BAFTA specifically for Dare to be Digital entrants. The three winning teams and games are:
Angry Mango (Mush)
Team Tickle (Sculpty)
That Game Studio (Twang!)
Other awards included:
The audience award – voted for by the several thousand people who visited the Protoplay event (won by That Game Studio's Twang!)
The Intel Visual Acuity Award – presented to the team making best use of Intel technology (won by Bazooka Duck's Epoch Defence)
The Turner Broadcasting 'Adult Swim' award – for the game which best captured their in-house style (won by Bears With Jetpacks' Grrr!)
The team choice award – voted for by the Dare teams themselves (Bazooka Duck' Epoch Defence)
The Wacom 'Dare with Bamboo' award – presented to the developer who created by the best game using the company's tablet technology
Brian said, “I was delighted to be asked to host the 2010 Dare to be Digital awards, not to mention a little puzzled. For most of August, Edinburgh has more comedians per square foot than the funeral of a Chuckle Brother – most of whom would happily host the awards for a space to sleep, or access to the sandwich tray at lunchtime. So it was an honour to be the one to host the award ceremony. As the EICC is fringe venue 150, I consider this my first one-man fringe show. I look forward to the reviews…
Dare to be Digital is quite simply the most exciting videogaming competition in the world. It finds and rewards the next generation of game designers and creators by putting them through and incredibly tough ten weeks. Designing a videogame is hard work for an experienced team over a number of years, so for a group of students to go from a basic concept, through to a working game, which is then played over several days by members of the public, is exceptionally challenging. I truly believe Dare should be recognised as the videogames world cup, Wimbledon and Olympics, all rolled into one. I can't wait to go my hands on this year's games and I'm already excited about Dare 2011.”
To see more information from the Protoplay event, see all of the entries and find out more about the competition, visit www.daretobedigital.com
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