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Saturday, 23 February 2019
10.30am - 6.00pm
Exeter Phoenix

Exeter’s inaugural one-day gaming festival opens its doors to the public hosted by Exeter Phoenix, the South West’s foremost multi-artform venue. Supported by Exeter City Council and curated by Tech Exeter CIC, the free event caters for retro, indie and Virtual Reality gaming fans and promises variation, immersive experiences and award-winning shows.

Joypad Arcade are bringing a plethora of retro gaming consoles including NES, SNES, Megadrive, N64, Dreamcast, Playstation and more. You can also get an exclusive play on Triangular Pixels’ newest indie VR games or, visit Acer UK’s Predator gaming van for the latest gaming hardware.

Maybe the classic Commodore 64 is more to your taste: Exeter-based RGCD are one of the few teams in the world developing, publishing and selling new games for the system. They will be showcasing some of their latest releases on real Commodore hardware, including upcoming releases for the Amiga.

Game developer Alistair Aitcheson is not only bringing two of his game installations along to GAMEPLAY, but also ‘The Incredible Playable Show’ – an interactive video game comedy show where you, the audience, take to the stage! Become human buttons, take on the Power Rangers, zap each other with barcode scanners, and play Pac-Man using inflatable toys. Or sit back, and watch your friends literally become cogs in a hilarious machine!

In John Robertsons’ ‘The Dark Room’, the audience is trapped in a retro videogame with a sadistic end-of-level boss. Now either escape and win £1000 – or be brutally murdered by the rest of the crowd!
Will you: A) Find the Light Switch? B) Go North? C) Abandon Hope?
Filled with stand-up, appalling prizes and more audience chanting than you’d get at a protest – this is a gut-busting rock n’ roll experience for everyone.

Tickets for the two shows are now on sale from just £3 each at

Along the same line, Scratchworks Theatre Company’s interactive workshop ‘Rebellion Playground’ is for anyone who wants to see change, big or small but doesn’t know where to begin. Come and play, bend the rules, be provoked and start a discussion. The Scratchworks team are part game masters/ part revolution seekers, providing a series of provocations and tasks to the participants who have agency to accept, refuse or even revolt.

Come watch our glitched-out pong game self destruct the more it gets played! are inviting keen makers and developers to build their own controllers, switches and adapt ‘PONG Rewired’. Or challenge your friends to a game using our crazy controllers, but do you dare to press the big red button?

GAMEPLAY will run on Saturday, 23rd February 2019, 10.30 – 18.00 at Exeter Phoenix.

Games, shows and workshops all promise a fun, interactive and certainly playful day at the Exeter Phoenix. For more information and to buy tickets, head over to for the full line-up and details on each activity.

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