This Years Game Days Focus is on Games for People with Disabilities

Enthusiasts of innovative digital games, save the date for this year’s festival season’s highlight! From 30 May to 2 June, Nádvorie, Place for Contemporary Culture in Trnava, Slovakia, will host an event bursting with talks and presentations of prominent video game developers from Slovakia and abroad.

It is not a simple task to create an innovative digital game with artistic value. Sometimes it can get wild and bizarre, while other times it is a very precise and logical process. Therefore, Game Days Festival orbits around talks and presentations of game developers who bring innovations, originality and new viewpoints into the digital game industry.

This year’s Game Days will focus on “Gamers with Disabilities”. Accessibility in video games for impaired gamers has been evolving in recent years. One of the speakers to enlighten us about the subject will be Sightless Kombat, gamer who exploits the world of video games while being completely blind. Oriol Gomez, developer of games for visually impaired and creator of Beatstar will tell us more about how to base gameplay on an innovative use of sounds.

The revolutionary Adaptive Controller by Microsoft is designed for gamers with limited mobility. The visitors of game days will have a chance to test it live. “It is the first time in the five years of existence of Game Days that we have decided to structure the event around a central topic – Gamers with disabilities. Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller is a unique tool that makes video gaming accessible to people with various forms of physical impairment. This year’s programme will also focus on visually impaired gamers and present the fascinating phenomenon of audiogames,” says Maroš Brojo, Fest Anča Game Days organizer.

Previous editions of Game Days included successful video-game themed exhibitions. This year you can expect an exhibition presenting Czechoslovak games that deal with resistance against totalitarian regimes. Game designers and game developers can look forward to Game Jam, where teams composed of game developers, graphic designers and animators compete to create a video game prototype in just 48 hours. It is a unique opportunity to experiment with digital game design and to present the new games to festival audience.

Game developers will also have an opportunity to showcase their work in progress during the Pitching Session. Their projects will be assessed by an expert jury composed of designers, producers and distributors. To partake in the Pitching Session means not only gaining invaluable feedback, it can also open possibilities for finding new business partners.

Game Days also puts a spotlight on Slovak digital games. Last year the turnover of Slovak game development industry reached EUR 42,7 million and it keeps on growing. During the festival, Slovak Game Developers Association (SGDA) will announce the winner of the Game of the Year Award for the best Slovak video game.

At night, the festival will turn into a party featuring concerts and DJ sets by video game music producers. You can also grab the chance to meet our guests in an informal setting and ask them some more about their work.

The new venue, Nádvorie, is a cultural centre situated in Trnava Old Town. It sensitively combines historical and modern architecture, creating a unique genius loci. Its exceptional reconstruction by Vallo Sadovsky Architects was awarded the prestigious ARCH prize for architecture last year.

We are looking forward to your visit! Long live digital gaming!

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