Leeds Digital Festival: Computer fans go ‘back to basics’ at games night

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Fans of computer games and experts from within the industry picked up their joysticks for a special event as part of this year’s Leeds Digital Festival.

Get into Gaming was held at The Adelphi pub in Leeds and was a chance for players and designers to share their love of computer games.

The night included guests trying out vintage Commodore 64 game Armalyte and the arcade version of Space Harrier.

There were also presentations from three digital industry workers about ‘nearly games’ – games which could have made it but failed for some reason.

The event’s co-organiser Simon Wilson, service delivery manager at digital marketing agency twentysix, said: “When people in the games industry go to events, they are often held at massive conferences halls. But Leeds has some great smaller venues.

“I’ve been gaming from an early age and I think it’s more acceptable these days. We’re here to celebrate both sides of gaming, from the iPhone apps to back-to-basic games, which more and more people are getting into.”

Fellow organiser Sean Parker, creative director at Enjoy Digital, added: “We have a mutual love of computer games and we wanted to organise something in Leeds which celebrated that.”

The presentations came from freelance designer Dean Vipond; Simon Barratt, founder of games development firm Four Door Lemon; and Adam Hepton, web developer with Fleetondemand.

One of the night’s guests was Paul Rayment, PR manager from Dubit Limited, which creates digital entertainment platforms.

He said: “There’s a bit of a stigma attached to gaming and sadly, it’s something people tend to look down upon. But here, we can all be proud of enjoying it.”

The Leeds Digital Festival is being held throughout November and is backed by the YEP.

The full calendar is yet to be revealed but highlights will include a gaming event featuring computer classics like Pacman and Space Invaders, all the way to PlayStation and Xbox games.

The festival will also include cinematography, animation, web design and development, graphic design, art, photography, radio, television, viral marketing, social networking and music.

*For more details, visit: www.leedsdigitalfestival.com