Edinburgh Interactive Festival 08 to include a seminar by Kevin Williams on arcade games

An upcoming gaming event to be held in Edinburgh, UK is going to feature a familiar face here at AH – Kevin Williams, the man behind The Stinger Report & it’s news feeds. Kevin will bring the face of arcade gaming to the event in a 40 minute seminar that will cover three important aspects of arcades and their overall impact on video games, which includes Immersion, Physicality and Connectivity.The seminar will take place on August 11th in the afternoon and is one of the few instances of the amusement sector making a showing at an event that is going to have more focus on console gaming. The press release is after the jump.

It should be interesting to see how his seminar shapes up and how it will be received by those who come to the show, I’m sure Kevin will be happy to give us feedback on how it goes. Good luck Kevin!

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EIF 2008 Wired For Williams’ Arcade Seminar July 21st 2008

The Edinburgh Interactive Festival today announced that founder and director of leading amusement and attraction industry company KWP Ltd., Kevin Williams, will be chairing a session entitled “Arcade Amusements Get Wired”, to an audience of games industry luminaries and press at Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008.

Williams, who will be chairing the session on Monday 11th August at 16.30 – 17.15, will discuss the video amusement and attraction industry and the importance of its development in shaping UK gaming culture.

In his 40 minute presentation Williams will look at what the Out-of-Home interactive entertainment industry represents to the creative culture of games and interactive entertainment. The illustrated address will focus on three areas: ‘Immersion’ – Looking at how the arcade has originated the fundamental first-person play experience, with the use of technology to pull the player into the game; ‘Physicality’ – Observations on the development of a wide array of innovative interfaces and playing experiences; and ‘Connectivity’ – Discussing the way that amusement has shaped the social gaming arena, and become an inclusive experience able to attract unique audiences such as the female player.

Kevin Williams said: “I am greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to address such a varied and informed audience. I look forward to describing the innovation and variety of my usually secretive industry, and prove the opportunity that ‘unachievable@Home’ gaming can offer.”

About Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008
Now celebrating its sixth year, the Edinburgh Interactive Festival is powered up to showcase the continued popularity, growth and influence of video games. And this year, the Interactive Festival is more synchronised with the world famous Edinburgh Festival than ever, appealing to the press, public and professionals from film, television and interactive media backgrounds alike, offering a bigger event for delegates, more consumer focusing – an overall spectacle for all.

New to Interactive Festival 2008 will be Features, Exhibition and Recruitment areas specifically tailored to cater for the public – allowing them access to the latest games and job opportunities in games.

As ever, the three-day Interactive Festival wouldn’t be complete without the cornerstones of conferences, keynotes, panel sessions, debates, games screenings and even more people than ever jostling to get through the doors.

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE UK

Sunday 10th August
Game Screenings
Dare ProtoPlay
Public games area and retail site

Monday 11th August
EIF Conference
Game Screenings
Dare ProtoPlay
Public games area and retail site
Conference Networking event

Tuesday 12th August
EIF Conference
Game Screenings
Dare ProtoPlay
Public games area and retail site
Digital Interactive Symposium

Edinburgh Interactive Festival will also play host to the Digital Interactive Symposium, the games event aimed at academics and games industry professionals. It takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th August.

Registration is open now at http://www.edinburghinteractivefestival.com
There is also a Facebook Group in 2008 at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12251081247

Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 registration details:
Full delegate pass – £149 (ex VAT)
Scottish based developers and companies – £99 (ex VAT)
Students – £75 (ex VAT)

Delegates can also register for the Digital Interactive Symposium.
You can see more of Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2007 at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YktZnm_eRlQ

Edinburgh Interactive Festival has also forged a number of key relationships with partners and sponsors that will be announced shortly.

If you are interested in getting involved with Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2008 – through partnerships, sponsorship, the Friends of the Festival programme or simply to find out more about the commercial opportunities at EIF 2008, please contact Sales and Sponsorship manager, Jodie Holdway: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780 ; jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk.
For press information please contact PR Manager, Sarah Hartland: Tel +44 (0) 1462 456780; sarah.hartland@bhpr.co.uk.

Editors’ Note:

EIF08
The Edinburgh Interactive Festival is managed by a committee drawn from all areas of the games industry, including publishers, developers and the two industry trade bodies: The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) http://www.tiga.org and the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) http://www.elspa.com.

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