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Getting girls into gamesndash; free talk at Dare ProtoPlay festival

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Girls with a love of computer games are being encouraged to consider making games as a career, with a free talk at the Dare ProtoPlay festival in Dundee on Thursday 8 August.

BAFTA-winning Sophia George, who is also the VArsquo;s first ever Game Designer in Residence, will take the stage with Erin Michno, co-founder of Quartic Llama, to share their experiences of getting into the games industry.

Sophia and Erin took part in Dare to be Digital in 2011, and have both since started their own companies with the support of the Abertay University Prototype Fund.

Girls of all ages are welcome to attend, with parents and carers encouraged to join them. To register for free please visit http://dare2013womeningames.eventbrite.com

Sophia George said:

ldquo;Irsquo;m delighted to be returning to Dare ProtoPlay, two years after showcasing Tick Tock Toys as a competitor, to share my experiences and to tell young girls that they can take the step from playing games to building them.

ldquo;Too few girls and young women seriously consider games as a career, despite half of all gamers being female. The industry is starting to shift and I look forward to more and more girls bringing their creative talents to making games.rdquo;

Sophia will share her expertise as an artist and designer, while Erin will discuss the maths and programming skills games companies need.

Both speakers will discuss how their love of playing games has taken them into successfully making them as a careerndash; setting out the practical steps young women can take to start building their own games.

Erin Michno said:

ldquo;Working in the games industry is an incredible creative challenge, as wersquo;re solving problems every day that ultimately lead to giving other people fun, enjoyable experiences.

ldquo;Girls with a love of art, design or maths may not think making games is a realistic career option for themndash; wersquo;ll explain how they can take that passion and turn it into job opportunities in a wide range of different skills games companies need.rdquo;

Dare ProtoPlay marks the end of Dare to be Digital, the international game design contest for students run in Dundee each summer by Abertay University.

Dare to be Digital gives exceptionally talented students a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by games industry expertsndash; and to take the stage at the BAFTA Video Games Awards as winners.

The Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival is open to the public from Thursday August 8 to Sunday August 11 in Dundeersquo;s Caird Hall and City Square.

The event is sponsored by Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council and EventScotland.

The girls in games talk is at 3pm on Thursday 8 August. All ages are welcome to attend. Tickets are available for free from http://dare2013womeningames.eventbrite.com



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