Copyright 2006 EIEF Press Release

[ August 9th 2006 ]

A talking yellow sponge and a rainbow of criminals are set to mingle with elves, orcs and some fairly scary men in uniform as video games take the Silver Screen by storm in Edinburgh this August.

The Game Screenings programme for this year’s Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival (EIEF06) is now confirmed, featuring a whole host of exclusives and behind-the-scenes action for video game fans.

The world premieres of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar from Codemasters, EidosReservoir Dogs video game, Spongebob Squarepants from Blitz and Crackdown from Dave Jones, creator of the Grand Theft Auto series and Lemmings are just some of the exciting sessions on offer.

Students can also get in on the action with a set of specially tailored screenings including an industry expert panel entitled ‘How To Get Into Gaming’.

The EIEF06 Games Screenings, held at The Odeon cinema, Lothian Road on 22nd August, is an exclusive one-day showcase that gives gamers the chance to get up close and interactive with the heroes behind some of their favourite video games, as well as sneak previews of the top upcoming titles.

Brian Baglow, EIEF06 screenings director said: "The EIEF game screenings are a fantastic way for anyone interested in gaming to find out more about the latest titles still in development and the newest technologies, as well as the mysterious and shadowy industry which creates them. This year’s game screenings are no exception and we have some something for everyone.

"The panel sessions on getting a job in the games industry and looking at violence and adult themes in games should also be fascinating and will give people a chance to ask the questions they’ve always really wanted answered, " continued Baglow.

The EIEF06 Game Screenings schedule includes: The Legend of Lara Croft, How To Get Into The Games Industry, Spongebob Squarepants, B-Boys, Crackdown, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Games.

An ongoing Showreel of anime/online/Machinima film shorts, including Dominator X, The Ore and Ancanar will also showcase.

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