London Games Festival 2008: Full preview

Events confirmed to-date include:

Video Games Live:
24 Oct 2008, Royal Festival Hall, London

The biggest music extravaganza in video games is back to launch LGF 2008 following last year’s smash hit sell-out. 2008 sees two orchestral performances performing classic gaming compositions from World of Warcraft, Halo, Myst and many others over a spellbinding multimedia show.

In addition, to celebrate its global success, EMI Classics, IMG and Video Games Live have joined forces to release a genre-defining album – Video Games Live: Greatest Hits Volume 1. To buy concert tickets, contact the Royal Festival Hall box office on 0871 663 2500, or

To get more information on either the event or the album, visit

Game Character World Record Attempt:
Date/time TBC, Excel Centre, London

Attention all gamers! Want to prove how much of a fan you really are? Do you consider yourself to be the ultimate gaming fan? Now here’s your chance to prove it!!!

LGF is setting out to create the biggest gathering of cosgamers in one location. Grab your World of Warcraft armour, your Lara Croft dual pistols or dust down that Guitar Hero mullet wig and get yourself down to the Excel and strut your stuff to become a part of gaming history. Additional information will be available on

in the next few weeks.

London MCM Expo
25-26 Oct, Excel Centre, London

Now part of the London Games Festival, 30,000 consumers are expected to attend this year’s MCM to see the very best of movies, TV, Anime, Manga, video, games and comics. To-date, numerous gaming publishers have already confirmed, including Ubisoft, KOEI, EA and Activision Blizzard, but be assured many more will confirm between now and the grand opening! To attend, or to get involved with the event visit

for further information.

London Games Fringe:
25 Oct to 2 Nov 2008, various London locations

Set-up to cover anything alternative in the gaming world, the Fringe gives gaming fans the opportunity to attend a range of diverse events and potentially organize their own. This year’s theme focuses on crossovers with other creative industries – film, TV, design, theatre, and others – to explore their differences, similarities and collaborative possibilities in the multi-platform digital future.

Covering a broad range of topics, such as game culture, innovation, education and diversity, the Fringe is especially keen to hear from anyone who has their own ideas for events – to discuss an idea further, email

. To learn more about the Fringe during LGF 2008, visit


Eurogamer Expo:
28-29 Oct 2008, Truman Brewery, London

Eurogamer’s first ever stand-alone event is a feature of the LGF 2008 and brings consumers face to face with all of the biggest Christmas release on all formats. Games on show include Street Fighter IV, Prince of Persia, Mirror’s Edge, LittleBigPlanet, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Far Cry 2, Fallout 3, Saints Row 2.

GAMES 3.0:

27 Oct, Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London, WC1

Learn about new business models, new market segments and new digital opportunities to drive new revenue streams. Be first to react to new threats to protect your current revenue streams, drive home the competitive edge and exploit changing market conditions. Careers Fair:
28-29 Oct 2008, Truman Brewery, London

The Career Fair brings consumers face to face with leading games industry professionals and representatives of prominent colleges and universities. It’s the perfect way to advance your interest in the gaming profession, whether you’ve just graduated or left school, or work in a related technology or entertainment industry.

Be Very Afraid V:
27 Oct 2008, BAFTA, London

Each year a selection of ingenious students – from primary to university age – are invited along to BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly to show and talk about the extraordinary things they are doing with new technologies in their learning. Guests attend by invitation: from the senior policy making echelons of the Whitehall Department of Education & Skills, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; from BAFTA’s own membership of film and theatre arts luminaries; to other influential organisations.

The 2008 Golden Joysticks:
31 Oct, Hilton Park Lane, London

As it now enters its twenty sixth year, the Joysticks go from strength to strength reinforcing its position as the industry’s favourite awards where the winners are chosen by gamers themselves. Welcoming Virgin Media as headline sponsor, this year’s Golden Joysticks is looking to be the best yet with over 750,000 gamers expected to vote! For more information on attending or voting, please visit


Individual Publisher Events
23 Oct to 2 Nov, various London locations

With every major games publisher attending LGF 2008 there are an enormous number of events planned across London showcasing the very best the industry has to offer. Details are still being confirmed, but expect the unexpected with Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and various historic locations like the Cabinet War Rooms getting the gaming makeover.

Additional information will be available on

in the next few weeks.

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