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On the 10th March a new initiative was set in motion by a group which includes Disney, Abertay University in Scotland and the Future Internet Consortium partners, looking to find new talent and ideas to support in game design and creation. The Future Internet Games Contest, backed by many major European and global companies, is an opportunity for interested parties to put forward their ideas and projects in the hope of gaining financial support and worldwide recognition.

There is a particular focus with this project for games that will push against the boundaries of what is considered the traditional idea of gaming; that typical image of the gamer and their console. Those behind the Future Internet Games Contest are particularly interested in three significant areas, which includes the idea of ‘city wide games’ –  games in which large numbers of players can interact in unstructured environments. They are also interested in the concept ‘location based installations’, where the game can be located in an installation, such as a historic monument or famous landmark. The focus is on connected, cooperative game experiences, giving a special atmosphere to the players playing the game in a unique environment. The last aspect they are interested in is the use of ‘consumer products’, where the realism of the game is enhanced from the creation of toys, fashion and digitally enhanced physical products.

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The focus is primarily on mobile gaming and creating games with a smartphone in mind. Professor Louis Natanson at Abertay University says on the project: “Games have incredible power to bring people together, to entertain and to change how we perceive the world around us. Future internet technologies, and the hugely powerful smartphones everyone carries with them, offer an unprecedented opportunity for designers and programmers to build entirely new ways for large groups of people to play together in the real world.”

Undoubtedly the Future Internet Games Contest will encourage some hugely exciting and innovating games to be made. For more information, or if you are interested in applying, visit: http://www.daretobedigital.com/220_Future-Internet-Games-Contest.html 

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