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BAFTA - Video Games and Japanese Culture event (London, 6.30pm Thu 22 April)

From: Joe L.
Sent on: Saturday, April 17, 2010 4:50 PM
Hi Gamers

We have had a very special invite to join in a great *free* gaming event next week.

This is especially recommended for any Monster hunter fans and PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE IMPORTANT BIT AT THE THE BOTTOM OF THE MESSAGE!


Thursday 22 April
18:30 Video Games and Japanese Culture

Embassy of Japan,[masked] Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
Co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan

This event is FREE but prior booking is ESSENTIAL (see below for
details) and strict security measures are in place at the Embassy.
Some games discussed at this event are rated suitable for ages 16 and

From Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros and Pac-Man to Pokemon, Wii Fit and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, many Japanese games are international household names - although some are still little-known outside their home market. As video games are now being recognised as a global medium, how do they fit into and reflect Japanese and Western culture, and what can we learn about another culture from its games?

Tsujimoto Ryozo and Fujioka Kaname from Capcom, producer and director of Monster Hunter Tri for the Nintendo Wii, reveal how they've adapted this hugely popular Japanese franchise for an international audience, and Iain Simons, director of Nottingham Trent University's GameCity festival, discusses the UK children's playground he is designing with Takahashi Keita, the game director famous for the Katamari Damacy series.

Chair: Margaret Robertson is a former editor of the games magazine Edge, who now works as a consultant to clients which have included Sony, Electronic Arts, Kuju and Channel 4's BAFTA-winning Bow Street Runner online game.

BAFTA's Access All Areas brings you closer to the film, television and video games industries. Through nationwide events, which are open to all, and exclusive online content BAFTA shares the knowledge, talent and advice of industry experts. Find out more via, or

How to apply for seats:
To reserve your place and obtain a booking number, please forward this email to [address removed] with "BAFTA - Video Games and Japanese Culture" in the subject, giving your:

Email address
Telephone number

within the body of the message. This information is necessary for each attendee. You will receive an email confirming your attendance and you will need this to enter the Embassy.

NB: This event is free. Entry to the Embassy is strictly by invitation
only and guests will not be admitted without a valid booking number and must be willing to leave their bags in the cloakroom. You will be asked to present a print-out of your confirmation email together with photographic identification upon entry to the Embassy of Japan.

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