London Games Festival starts today – here’s the key events for your diary

The London Games Festival was officially launched last night – here’s our guide to all the key events taking place as part of this month’s long celebration of games culture.


BAFTA Annual Lecture with Hideo Kojima
7:00pm, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly
Acclaimed video game director Hideo Kojima will deliver this year’s BAFTA Annual Games Lecture supported by Autodesk on Friday 28 September. The Japanese creator of the hugely successful Metal Gear series will be sharing his views on the creative landscape in games.

This weekend

Eurogamer Expo
Earl’s Court
The UK’s biggest dedicated public gaming event takes place at Earl’s Court on September 27th, 28th, and 29th – and is be the public’s first opportunity to get their hands on the industry’s key releases.

Tuesday, October 2nd

The Guardian Presents: So you want to be a games journalist?
Kings Place, 90York WayLondon N1 9GU
A reader-only event in which The Guardian’s’s games team meet with readers to offer tips and training for aspiring games writers.

Thursday, October 4th

One Life Left’s Videogame Karaoke
7:00pm, Walkabout Temple, Temple Station, Temple Place, London WC2R 2PH
Come sing classic karaoke songs re-written to be about videogames, as Prince’s Purple Rain becomes Heavy Rain, It’s a Sin becomes a tale of murdering Sims, and Lionel Ritchie’s Hello is re-imagined as a song about Master Chief

Friday, October 5th – Saturday, October 6th

ExPlay Games Jam
The Science Museum, 17:00
Budding games developers and designers from across the UK are invited to take part in a 24 hour Games Jam at either the Science Museum in London, and The Pervasive Media Studios in Bristol. Completed games will be judged by experts, and winners from each location will be able to showcase their games to the public at the ExPlay Games Festival in Bath in November 2012.

Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 7th

The Developer and Press Swap Up – 48 Hour Game Jam
UKIE, 167 Wardour Street, 17:00
The Hack Journalists’ coverage will be posted on the Develop website and culminate with a review of the finished games.

Wednesday, October 10th

Gamer Disco
The Book Club (100-106, Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH)
Promising DJ sets brimming with chiptune and gaming themes.

Saturday, October 13th

The Guardian Presents: How to code the Raspberry Pi
Google Campus, 14:00
A special panel of the publication’s readers will be given an exclusive hands-on session with the revolutionary British technology.

Monday, October 15th – Thursday, October 18th

Power to the Pixel
NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT
Bringing together some of the most pioneering media professionals and digital experts in the world, Power to the Pixel’s annual forum possesses an energetic, collaborative format.

Thursday, October 18th

Games Media Awards 2012
Vinopolois, 19:00
The Games Media Awardsis hosted by Russell Kane and now includes the prestigious Games Writer of the Year Award, the eventoffers the games industry the opportunity to celebrate the finest writers in the business.

Monday, October 22nd – Friday, October 26th

The City Hall art exhibition
City Hall, 08:00 – 17:30
A free, five-day exhibition held in the basement of City Hall, showcasing rare behind the scenes artwork taken from the world’s best games. During the exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on items from the collection, with all proceeds going to charity Special Effect.

Tuesday, October 23rd

Operator-Billed Mobile Payment Seminar
SNR Denton Law Offices, One Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RA
Aimed at merchants and marketers of digital games to give them a greater understanding of payment methods for digital goods. UKIE members free to attend.

Thursday, October 25th

Thursday @ 3 – Speakers TBC
Ukie, 167 Wardour Street. 15:00 – 17:30
At Ukie’s thursday@3 sessions industry experts give valuable insight and guidance on a series of key business areas. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to enjoy a few drinks and network with other attendees and the speakers.

Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th

MCM Expo
ExCeL, 10:00
The hugely popular consumer show returns, with the biggest names in video games, comics, movies, manga, anime and more.

Friday, October 26th

The Golden Joystick Awards
Westminster Bridge Park Plaza, 11:00
The longest-running games awards in the world continues to grow in popularity, with over 2 million votes last year.

The Guardian Presents: How your players read
Kings Place, 90York Way, London, N1 9GU, 15:00
Friday, October 26th – Saturday, October 27th
Members of The Guardian’s editorial and marketing teams will present the latest reader insights and discuss ways in which the industry can enhance its coverage.

TV Hackfest
Ravensbourne College, 09:00
This is expected to be the world’s largest-ever Transmedia event, bringing creatives and technologists together to foster collaboration, innovation, and growth.

XX Game Jam in association with Ada Lovelace Day
TBC. 18:30 – 23:00 (Friday) 09:00 – 18:30 (Saturday)
Join us for the world’s first XX Game Jam, a pioneering all-women event in association with Ada Lovelace Day (October 16th). Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, is a modern figurehead for women in technology.

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