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Games gallery at Teesside

20 October 2004

 

Interested in video games?  Want to know how the look of a game develops from the initial idea, through to the finished product?  Then come to the University of Teesside which is hosting a free exhibition of video game art.

The ‘Concept’ show will be launched on Wednesday 3 November at 5.00pm at the University of Teesside’s Greig Building (off Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough) with the official opening of the gallery by Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Henderson, and the Games Designer and author Ernest Adams.

Members of the media are welcome to take photographs/film the event. Arrival at 5pm is advised.

‘Concept’ features images showing the evolution of games and includes concept images from three major game companies artists at Blitz Games, Brat Designs and Eutechnyx.   Maggie Parker, lecturer and 'Concept' curator, said: “We run several very prestigious games courses here at Teesside, which has links worldwide with various games companies.  The gaming industry is growing all the time, with many new games boasting huge budgets and incredible playing experiences.  They are no longer the choice of a small minority – games now represent a major part of many people’s leisure time.    “The 'Concept' show is a great way for us to highlight the work that goes into a game and it’s also really good for our students to get a look at the development process.  I’d encourage anyone with an interest in games to come along and take a look at the exhibition – you never know, it may lead to a new career option.”

The Concept exhibition is free of charge and open to all.  To view, simply go to the Greig Building, between 9am – 8pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 5pm Friday.  The exhibition ‘Concept’, will run until December 2004.   Future planned exhibitions will include final year graduates’ imagery from their portfolios of completed work, and artwork from games companies who come and speak at the annual Animex Festival held in the University every year.  Animex Games - part of the Animex Festival features speakers from the games industry, with Rhianna Pratchett, Games reviewer, journalist and script writer to open this year's Animex Games on Monday 31 January 2005.   For more information about the University of Teesside’s range of computer games related courses, call 01642 342639.