Edinburgh Interactive Festival ’09

Living up in Scotland isn’t easy you know; and I’m not talking about living in terrible weather conditions. I’m talking about the lack of PR/ Developer related events up in this neck of the woods. In the UK, almost everything is based in London, which is great for the gaming entourage in London, but not so for us residing outside the capital. So when the chance arose to go to the Edinburgh Interactive Festival 2009 up here in… you guessed it, Edinburgh, I jumped at the chance. So what is the Edinburgh Interactive Festival all about? Well, having never been myself, I found the following video from last years event highly informative. Have a look yourself…

This year is expected to be bigger and better than last year. Our live coverage will kick-off from Thursday 13th August 2009 and ends on the 14th August 2009. I’ll be bringing you all the gossip, pictures, gameplay videos from the likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum, FIFA 10 (one I am really looking forward to) and any other games they have on show, as well as having interviews withCapybara Games (the creators of the new PSN game Critter Crunch) and the Life President of Eidos – Ian Livingstone. On top of that I also have exclusive access into the main conferences, in which EA head Peter Moore will be discussing the challenge of reinventing the iconic sports brand game. More on that when it happens. Then later in the day all the big heads will be discussing and hopefullypossibly arguing over the topic – The Great Age of Big Blockbuster games is coming to an end.It’s going to be really exciting stuff!

As previously mentioned, I have managed to acquire some interview time with two very interesting people. Here’s some information on the people I am going to meet.

My first interview is on Friday and it’s withNathan Vella who is one of the co-founders of Toronto-based, independent developer, Capybara Games. He began as the studio’s Art Director, managing and nurturing Capy’s talented art team, before moving on to become the President. As President, Nathan leads the studio alongside the other co-founders, as they develop downloadable titles for consoles (PSN, XBLA, Wiiware), Nintendo DS and iPhone, including upcoming releases Critter Crunch – which we will be discussing in detail – for PlayStation Network and Ubisoft-published ‘Might & Magic Clash of Heroes’ for Nintendo DS.

Next on my interview schedule is Eidos Life PresidentIan Livingstone who is one of the founding fathers of UK interactive entertainment and fiction. He is the founder of Games Workshop, and together with Steve Jackson, launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. Ian has written a number of interactive game books, including Deathtrap Dungeon. At Eidos, the UK’s leading developer and publisher of video games, he helped to secure many of the company’s major franchises, including Tomb Raider and Hitman. Ian received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Abertay Dundee, was awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Special Award, and was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List in 2006 for his contribution to the Games Industry.I will be looking to ask questions on previous success as well as any new games *cough* Hitman details? *cough* Eidos are planning to release in the near future.

Have anything you want to ask? Well here’s your chance to ask any questions you want (gaming related obviously). Just let me know and i’ll ask it for you. If your shy and don’t want others to know what your question is, feel free to tweet me on twitter (@Dvx_uk), contact me via the forums (click here) or email me direct at Craig at consolemonster.com. Alternatively leave your question below and I will see what I can do. I leave the choice up to you.

So there you have it. My preview to the Edinburgh Interactive Game Festival 2009. I’ve never been to anything like this before so i’m a little nervous. Tips anyone??

More to come starting Thursday 13th August 2009.

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