Richard Lemarchand leads Dare ProtoPlay line-up
For immediate release: Wednesday 30 July
Richard Lemarchand, Lead Game Designer on all three Uncharted games, will lead the line-up at Dare ProtoPlay, Scotland’s biggest video games festival.
Dare ProtoPlay, which is organised and run by Abertay University, champions the very best in digital creativity and innovation, from the 15 student games created for the Dare to be Digital game design competition, to experimental games from new independent companies.
Richard, who is now a professor in the USC Games programme in Los Angeles, California, will look at the cultures and identities that will shape the technology, business and art of tomorrow’s games.
The festival will also feature the UK premiere of ‘Us and the Games Industry’, a documentary about the art of game design which includes Richard, Jason Rohrer and thatgamecompany. The premiere will be followed by an expert panel chaired by Richard.
Richard Lemarchand said: "I'm delighted to be able to attend this year's Dare ProtoPlay. Dare to be Digital and Abertay University are known around the world for inspiring innovation and excellence among young game designers, and I can't wait to see the creative games and take part in the fun that will make up this year's festival. See you in Dundee!"
Professor Louis Natanson, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said: “It’s a real honour that a game designer of Richard’s international standing is coming to Dundee to speak at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival.
“The Uncharted games were huge critical and commercial successes, and showed how strong the role of the designer should be in developing any game, whether that’s designing levels, characters, narrative or thinking more broadly about a player’s entire experience.
“We’re fascinated to hear Richard’s thoughts about the future of games and to show the UK premiere of Us and the Games Industry. We expect both to be very popular events.”
Dare ProtoPlay runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 August in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square. Last year’s festival attracted over 13,000 visitors across the four days.
Richard Lemarchand will speak about ‘Games and Players: Futures and Predictions’ at 6.15pm on Friday 8 August.
The UK premiere of ‘Us and the Games Industry’ is at 6.30pm on Saturday 9 August.
Tickets to both events are free and can be booked at www.dareprotoplay.com
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ABOUT RICHARD LEMARCHAND
Richard Lemarchand is a game designer, an educator, a writer and a consultant. He teaches game design, development and production in the Interactive Media & Games Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and has begun work on a series of experimental games as part of USC’s Game Innovation Lab.
From 2004 to 2012, Richard was a Lead Game Designer at Naughty Dog in Santa Monica, where he worked on all three games in the Uncharted series. Previously, he helped to create the successful game series Gex, Pandemonium and Soul Reaver at Crystal Dynamics. He organizes and curates the annual GDC Microtalks, and is an advocate for indie, experimental and art games.
ABOUT DARE TO BE DIGITAL
Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art, hosted and run by Abertay University in Dundee.
Teams of student programmers and artists compete in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment over the summer vacation, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay in Dundee, 7-10 August 2014.
The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital each year become the sole nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.
Scotland's leading modern university for psychology research (RAE 2008)
The University of Abertay Dundee is a charity registered in Scotland, no. SC016040