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Dare ProtoPlay 2016

Abertay University

4-7 Aug (Thu-Sun), Dundee Caird Hall & City Square               
Awards Ceremony:
4:30pm Sun 7 Aug, Marryat Hall

Building on the final phase of the international video games design competition Dare to be Digital, Dare ProtoPlay is the UK's biggest indie games festival, taking place over 4 days in August every year. Entry to the Dare to be Digital games and the Dare Indie Showcase games is free. More than 40 games to be played for free.Check below for more details.Dare ProtoPlay is sponsored by Abertay University, Dundee City Council, 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Sony and Channel 4. Hope you will enjoy. We always have an exciting programme of events so please make sure you keep checking back to discover what activities will be taking place this year. Remember to register with the site, like our facebook page or follow us on twitter.DesEnquiries:

developers activities suitable for games developers or creative workers
family activities suitable for family
kids activities for kids or teenagers  


City Square



Dare to be Digital

Dare to be Digital 2016 Games

4-7 Aug (10am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm)

Come play 16 brand new games developed by talent from the Dare to be Digital contestants. Industry judges will pick 3 winning teams from Dare to be Digital.

You can also have your say by voting them to win the  Audience Award.

Free Entry. 


Check out the Dare 2016 games here.

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JODI: ZX Spectrum Game Experiments

Where: City Square, Dundee

When: 4th – 7th August, Thurs – Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm


For DARE ProtoPlay NEoN is excited to present ‘JODI: ZX Spectrum Game Experiments’: A look at their work ‘Jet Set Willy Variations’, consisting of modifications of the 1984 video game Jet Set Willy. This series includes playable works often reminiscent of the abstract paintings of such artists as Piet Mondrian or Peter Halley.


The artist duo, also known as, is considered one of the most influential artist groups working on the Web and they are important pioneers in the artistic manipulation of videogames.

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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

From DIY Design to DMA Design (1980 – 1990)

4th – 7th August, Thurs – Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm


Spectrum’s distinctive rainbow motif hit the streets of Dundee in April 1982, fresh off the Timex production line. This revolutionary home computer gave people the ability to make their own games.


Whether it was a craving to replicate the arcade games of America or an overwhelming desire to understand how things worked, British kids become great bedroom programmers giving rise to a DIY gaming phenomenon. 


From DIY Design to DMA Design is an exploration of Dundee’s chapter of home grown computer-literate designers.


If you were part of this DIY movement, created your own code or even part of the ZX Spectrum production line we want to hear your story.

Part of 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.


Join at venue.

Whether you were creating your own code or were even part of the ZX Spectrum production line, we want visitors to Dare Protoplay to come forward with their personal experiences.



Junior Judges


Junior Judges

4, 5, 6, 7 Aug (10:30am-4pm)

The ever popular Junior Judges is back. Kids between 8-14 are invited to become junior judges at Dare ProtoPlay. Bookings are now open and must be booked by parents or guardians. £10 per ticket (for the children only). Parents do not need a ticket to accompany their children. Only limit to 30 participants per day. 

Participants will get:

- a priority pass to play all the Dare to be Digital games
- judging guidelines to help you go through the process
- a Junior Judge T-shirt to make you stand out from the crowd

Click on the date to book Now.

4 Aug Thu

5 Aug Fri

6 Aug Sat

7 Aug Sun


Caird Hall


Dare indies

Dare Indie Games Showcase

4-7 Aug (10am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm)

Indies are showcasing their brightest ideas for the audience.

We no longer accept applications. This year is fully subscribed.

Free entry.



Awkward Arcade

Awkward Arcade

4-7 Aug (10am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm)

The Awkward Arcade is a real life experimental video arcade, showcasing games that make you move and think in ways uncommon in mainstream games culture. The majority of these games have never been shown outside of a purely digital environment before, and have been specially curated and built into arcade cabinets just for the Awkward Arcade.

Free. Join at vene.


Cardboard Challenge

Dare ProtoPlay Cardboard Challenge

Part of the Imagination Foundation’s 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge 

4-7 Aug (11am-3pm)

A video game starts from an idea. The idea can be developed through cutting up paper boxes. Inspired by 9-year old Caine's game arcade, Global Cardboard Challenge will challenge you to create a game arcade using paper boxes.

We join Imagination Foundation's mission to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.

Family, adults all welcome.

Want to prepare in advance? Take a look at Caine's arcade:

Please come along and bring anything which can be recycled from your house, such as:


Used cardboard boxes (big & medium size)

Cereal boxes



Empty containers of strawberries

Empty cupcake containers (if available)

Empty bottles and bottle caps

Egg cartons

Milk cartons

Paper towel and toilet paper tubes

Old fabric, pillowcases or clothes cut into


Old stuffed animals and toys


Mini basketballs (if available)

Mini soccer balls (if available)

Racquet balls (large)

Army Men

Various (dollar) toy prizes


Booking required.

Book now.


Abertay University

Games from Abertay University

4-7 Aug (10am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm)

Abertay University is presenting a list of games which demonstrate the special characteristics of their courses in the areas of Cyber security and gaming including serious games and games experiementing with the latest Virtual Reality technology.

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Design your own game

4-7 Aug (10am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm)

Create stories, games, and animations using Scratch with some guidance from our volunteers.


Join at venue.

 Marryat Hall


Join Bafta Scotland 

To find out how to enter the games industry. One session only on 4th August at 3pm.


If you want to know what it takes to remain at the forefront of game production and development in an ever-changing industry, get an insight into the specific skills studios look for when hiring new recruits, or to understand the variations in producing games for different digital platforms, then this session is for you.


This event is part of the Career Close-Up programme supported by Skills Development Scotland.

Sign up here



Edinburgh Game Symposium

Saturday 1:30pm - 6pm
The Edinburgh Game Symposium (EGS) this year will bring together and showcase interactive artistic productions as well as hear from the makers and creatives behind their work at PRESS PLAY |> Dundee. Featuring a diverse mix of speaker and panel events and installations, PRESS PLAY will run from 130pm - 6pm on Saturday 6 August, in the Marryat Hall, Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee.

The EGS was started in 2013 by composers Jacob Pernell, Luci Holland, and Yati Durant. With a passion for video games and game music, the core team sought to bring more awareness about games (both industry and independent) and game music to the local community. 
The inaugural EGS was held at Inspace as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June of 2013.   It strives to bring professional game developers and game composers from around the world to share with us their thoughts about these fields as both forms of entertainment and art. Those in attendance glean valuable insight into the current state and future directions of both the design and audio aspects of games development.

Sign up here


Table top society

Discover what new board games are out there beyond the usual Monopoly or Cluedo
and come play with Abertay University's very own Tabletop Society.
We have games ranging from short and quick to longer more traditional ones,
to mention a few: Tsuro, Codenames, Jamaica, Citadels, Mascarade, Pandemic,
Ticket to Ride and more!

Whether you're new to board games or an avid player there's sure to be a game
for everyone to play, discover and enjoy!


Join at venue.

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4pm - 6pm


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10am - 2pm

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