New Event To Merge Sculpture and Games

North West England Video Games event planner looks for support from the local game development and gamers community.

A North West games development enthusiast has designs on creating a video games event in Rossendale, Lancashire, against the backdrop of a five metre tall Panopticon artwork called ‘Halo’.

John Armstrong, who has been involved in the games and mobile industry for a number of years, hit upon the idea of creating the event following a discussion with business contacts about a similar event in United States.

“I thought if it can be done there why can’t I do the same here?” said Armstrong. “And what better backdrop than ‘Halo’. The area needs a lift and Halo needs to return to being the symbol of regeneration it was originally intended to be.”

Whilst still in the early stages of development, ‘The Halo Festival of Games’ has already gained the support of a number of high profile participants. The list of would be attendees includes video game writers, designers, voice actors and comic book writers and artists from iconic publications such as 2000AD, Marvell and DC Comics.

Armstrong’s proposed festival has also received messages of support from the voice of Super Mario, Charles Martinet and Stephen Fry, a huge fan of video games, who tweeted details of the ‘The Halo Festival of Games’ to his 4.5m Twitter followers.

The festival’s organiser is now looking for the support local educational establishments and UK game studios, as well as video game fans in general, to help get the proposed festival off the ground.

“We’ve already had support for this event from the global video gaming community, they’ve shown a real interest in attending this event,” said Armstrong. “It would be great if the local community and UK video games industry could show their support and in the process help in the regeneration of East Lancashire.”

List of potential speakers (more to be added) David Sobolov – Voice actor. Arbiter in Halo Wars and Azmodan in Diablo3 Adam Harrington – Voice actor. League of Legends, Assassins Creed Adam Howdon – Voice actor. Tin Tin from Adventures of Tin Tin Game and Anders from Dragon Age Dave Windett – Professional comic writer. Inspector Gadget, Daffy Duck & Korky Cat. Andy Diggle - Former 2000AD editor and Marvel and DC Comics writer Antony Johnston - Video game author of titles inc Dead Space Dan Walker - Batman Begins Batmobile designer and designer of Aliens for Crysis2,

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