Pitchstorm 3: Pitchstorm with a Vengeance

It’s time again, friends. The doors of VideoBrains are creaking open, and through them we beckon in the fresh young pitches of the new year. We’re looking for all your hottest takes, the talks to talk about, for all the following events:

Themes

January: Octodad – Parenting, childhood, family

February: Hot Date – Dating

March: Resident Evil – Double crossing, backstabbing monstrosities

April: Audiosurf – Soundtracks, Music, the art of Listening

May: Watch Dogs– Animals in games

June: JBDay Celebrations – An all day topic free-for-all

Okay! Wait, how do I pitch?

To pitch your talk, send us a couple of sentences that give a sense of the topic you’ll be covering and the way you’ll be exploring it. We might ask you a few questions to really get a feel for the talk, so be prepared.

We’re not looking exclusively for games industry professionals either – VideoBrains is all about creating diverse, inclusive conversation from all points of view and backgrounds. If you have something interesting to say, we want to hear it!

Email your pitches to j
ake@videobrains.co.uk with “VideoBrains Pitch [Month]” as the topic.

What then?

We’ll let you know when we’ve received your pitch, and if we think it fits well with any of the themes. If your pitch is accepted we’ll check in with you a month before your scheduled event to make sure you’re still on board (and remind you to start preparing) viagra a prix bas en france. A week before the event you’ll get another email asking for your presentation and any other resources you’ll need, as well as a bunch of reminders about how the event runs.

Announce O’Clock: VideoBrains Zines Have Landed

Buy our zines! Be the best!
Put our de-sign to the test
Pay us £5 for this zine, cherie
And we’ll provide the rest.

My temptation to write the entirety of this post to the tune of Be Our Guest is strong, because I don’t even know what I’m doing with VideoBrains anymore. Rad bullshit, mostly. Still, if that’s your jam, we’ve got something new for you. Our zines.

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Why make a zine?

Honestly, I just thought it’d be cool to have something that people who can’t attend VideoBrains can enjoy, but also something that people who can’t talk at VideoBrains can contribute to.

How can I buy one?

Simple really, If you live in the UK click this paypal link, pay what you think the zine is worth (over the minimum £5 for print and postage) and leave your address in the comments. I send them out every Saturday.

If you live abroad you’ve got two options: You can pay us £2 for the PDF and print it yourself, or we can work something out on postage avis viagra generique.

I’ve got questions or want to put myself forward to be in the zine

Friend, just email me at Jake@VideoBrains.co.uk. I’ll usually get back to you within a few days. Maybe less. Sometimes much more. You can scream at me on Twitter if I don’t get back to you, it’s the only way I’ll learn.

Return of Announce O’Clock

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Hello all.

This is a little off track from our usual blog content, but we wanted to be upfront with you. From January’s event, our ticket prices are going up, and our ticket system will change slightly.

We’ll be brief – how will the new ticket prices look? Early bird tickets will be available in a limited number for £6.34, standard tickets will be available for £8.92, and for last minute guests, any available tickets on the night will be £10 at the door. We’ll be scrapping the +donation tickets with these new prices.

We know this might not be ideal for some of you, but trust us that we’ve considered it from a lot of angles. VideoBrains is a passion project that everyone on-board is happy to lend their time to, but it does also need funds to keep running. In fact, towards the end of 2015, VideoBrains finally broke even after its first full year. We’d like 2016 to be less of an uphill struggle to survive pharmacie le viagra.

This doesn’t mean you won’t be getting anything out of the deal, of course. We’ve got a lot of plans in the making for this year (watch this space), and we’re working on making each event better in every way we can. We’d like to be in a position to give back to the community we’re part of, to host more varied and bigger events, and to confidently tell our fans that we’re not going anywhere for a while.

We hope you understand, and we’re always happy to hear your feedback on our changes. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you think we can do better. And as ever, thank you for your support.

Without you, VideoBrains wouldn’t be here at all.

ChristmasBrains 2: ChristmasBrains Harder Tickets Available

ChristmasBrains 2

’tis the season, and we’re preparing for the final VideoBrains of the year, ChristmasBrains 2: Christmas Harder! Everything is in place, we’ve got our roster of speakers, the date is set, and we’ve got a venue. Everything apart from you!

So, tickets are on sale now. You lot who are here early get a little Christmas present, too: early bird tickets! We have a very limited number of these tickets on sale at £11, while regular tickets will be £16, as ChristmasBrains is an all-day event. Early bird tickets are already sold out! Regular tickets are still available. Moving over to a Saturday, ChristmasBrains 2 will be on December 12th at Loading Bar. Talks will be going from 1-6pm, but doors open at midday, and we’d love it if you hung around for drinks afterwards too!

We’ve got both veteran VideoBrains speakers and new faces, as well as many names we hope you recognise. For more details, and to buy those tickets, head on over to the Eventbrite page and get yours sharpish! In case you want a little more convincing here before, how about the speaker list? We’ve got:

Kate Gray

Adriel Wallick

Mike Bithell

George Buckenham 

Kieron Gillen 

Ed Smith

Thryn Henderson

Gav Murphy

Llaura ‘Dreamfeel’ Réalta

Jordan Erica Webber

All of them have their own fantastic talks to give, and you can check out what they might be over on Eventbrite.

Get your tickets before it’s too late!

VideoBrains 2016 Pitchstorm

As 2016 draws ever closer, so does the promise of more VideoBrains. Of course, it would never be an event without the fantastic speakers we have, and we need more! The themes for January to June 2016 have been decided, and we need your ideas for talks!

As long as it’s about games and fits in somehow, we’d love to hear from you, no matter your perspective! If you’d like an idea of previous talks that have been given, check out the YouTube channel. We absolutely love hearing from new voices and those with a unique perspective.

The themes for the first half of 2016 are loose, but find them below and pitch us

January – Final Fight
Fighting games, Melee combat.

February – Mount Your Friends
Sex and seduction in videogames.

March – Uncharted
Open worlds, exploration, game environments.

April – The Swapper
Identity. Identifying with characters in game, and other gamers.

May – Prototype
Unfinished, broken and early access games.

June – All dayer.
Go for it. Pitch whatever.

Hopefully those themes get your creative juices flowing. Talks should be 15 minutes long, and we’ll discuss travel allowances with speakers who are travelling to the event from other places across the UK. Once you’ve got an idea down, send your pitch to Jake@videobrains.co.uk with ‘VideoBrains Pitch’ and the month you’re pitching for in the subject.

Again, we’d love to hear from you if you have a unique perspective. You don’t have to be in games industry nor do you have to be playing games every day of your life. If you have an idea for a talk on games, we’d love to hear it. From videogames, to card games, to tabletop games, we’d love to hear your ideas.

For those of you who haven’t pitched before, we’ve got a handy little guide for you!

What Format Should My Pitches Take?

3 sentences, bullet pointed if it helps you get your points across clearly. I want to get a strong sense of what your talk is, why it’s useful and how you’ll use your 15 minutes.

I’m going to ask you a few questions, so expect a light grilling.

What Then?

I’ll let you know I’ve received your pitch and then I’ll get back to you and whether we take the pitch or not we’ll talk through the idea. Everyone hears back on their pitch.

If you’re accepted you’ll be told when you’re speaking and left to your own devices for a while, although help is available if you need it. A month before the event I’ll reach out and confirm you’re still up for speaking and then you should start preparing your talk. I’ll be totally available during that month if you need to query or question anything.

What you’ll need:

  • Material for the length of time we’ve discussed. Usually 15 minutes. This needs to be a unique talk you haven’t given anywhere else viagra generique pas.

Optional:

  • A presentation: If it suits your needs then go for it, but it’s not required. If you do decide to put one together you’ll need to email that across with a PDF version so we can make sure it works for the night.

Not Required:

  • Your own laptop. We’ve got that covered.
  • A ticket for the event you’re talking at. Sounds simple but we’ll let you in for free.

What you get:

  • We can’t pay because we’re a small event, but we will help you with travel to London if you’re travelling.
  • A video of your talk is provided. There’s a small audience of 50-60 people, but we’re a passionate crowd and you should expect support both at the event and afterwards.

That’s about it! If you have any further questions, email Jake at Jake@videobrains.co.uk, and he’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Announce O’Clock

Announcements.

So many damn announcements. So let me just skip the preamble and get right in there shall I?

Meet Ben

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That terrifying beard in human form is games journalist Ben Barrett. He’s going to be taking over our social media/blog for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean I’m stepping away or Emma will move away from livetweeting our events, it’s just that we’re trying to be more of a consistent presence. As I’m trying to bring VideoBrains to more places, I just don’t have the time to look after things. MORE ABOUT THIS LATER.

Ben, Alan and I are sprucing up the site at the moment and you’ll start to see a new format. The individual talk posts are going bye bye, replaced with more detailed youtube summaries. Along the top you can see a lot more options than before, including an option to give us feedback/pitch talks and report problems with events via our contact form. You can back us on Patreon, follow us on Twitter or get to our talks easily.

The VideoBrains site will start to host more of the opinion pieces and reviews that we’ve been running before and then ignoring, and we’ll start to be more active on Facebook and Twitter after June’s event too. Our earlier talk posts have already vanished and you should see them all clearing off in the next week or two.

Think of it as an experiment, and if it doesn’t work, we’re all going to blame Ben in unison.

 

Holy Format Changes, JakeMan!

We’re not taking questions any more.

I’m not kidding. No questions, no more.

I’ve been thinking for a long time about how we’d go about this and there’s a few reasons. I’m going to lay them out.

  • Questions don’t really add anything to the talking experience for a lot of people.

You can talk to the speakers at the front after their talk. This happens at the end of every talk as it is, but it means the audience can choose to engage and ask their own questions or they can go and get a beer.

Many questions are just for personal understanding (which is why I don’t really ask many, because I have the benefit of being able to email speakers after the events) and which that may be valuable for some people, it’s not for everyone.

  • Structurally they are beneficial for what we’re trying to do.

By changing this we’re in a position now to group talks together. This means the structure will go from 1 talk 1 break to 2 talks 1 break. This means you guys get less breaks but more substantial breaks. I don’t need to wrestle to get people to sit down again and you guys don’t need to be watching your watches while you’re trying to chat.

  • Keeping to time with questions is really hard.

Keeping to time when you factor in questions actually is really hard, guys.

  • Keeping to time with questions is really really hard.

Seriously. You have no idea. So hard.

 

VideoBrains in MORE PLACES.

This bit is quite exciting.

We’ll be appearing at NineWorlds as part of the Video Games Culture track this year. This is really exciting for me personally because VideoBrains was born out of the Video Games Culture track last year. There’s no cost for the event, if you’ve got a 9W ticket, you can swing by and watch me try something different.

It’ll be an evening of micro-talks: 9 talks that are 9 minutes long to commemorate 9 Worlds. If you’re at NineWorlds, do get in touch. Talks about 9 doves are bound to annoy Tim immensely so do pitch those at me.

I got Tim to say some words.

I was really proud when Jake approached me after 2014’s Nine Worlds to say he’d been inspired by the atmosphere to set something up. It’s exactly the sort of thing we were hoping 9W might inspire, and it’s been amazing to watch it grow – it just goes to show the want people have for more in-depth, conceptual events about video games. Having started off sharing our speakers, now we’re sharing theirs! It’s great to see it come full circle and we’re super excited to host them this year.”

I’ll also be talking about some of those there eSports on a panel with some other nice folks.

Secondly, Brighton!

We don’t have a full date for this yet, but we’ll be running a VideoBrains as part of Brighton Games Week, which is running as part of the Digital Festival 11-20 September.

We don’t have a solid date for this yet, but I’d love to take pitches already with a theme of: Strange Lands.

 

Tickets for June.

It’s next Saturday. The 20th. Do come along.

VideoBrains Pitchstorm

No epilogue this month, time has flown and I’ve been very busy. Sorry!

But it’s all just semantics because you’re getting this instead: The VideoBrains Pitchstorm: The Pitchening.

We’re open for pitching right now.

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I just want to reiterate what I’ve said before with regards to themes: We’re inviting pitches on all of the below from now until the 15th June, at which point everything is going to be slotted in viagra andorre.

August: Show & Tell (Gaming brought into the real world. Bonus points if you have something you can actually show.)

September: Spy Party (Stealth and deception in games)

October: Dungeon Keeper. (I want to hear about bad guys. What makes a good bad guy? Which enemy is your least favourite?)

November: The Castle Doctrine (Your home is your fortress. Pitches about the role of home in games)

December: The Lost and the Damned (Hidden gems, forgotten games. Take a look back into the past.)

All pitches should be talks 15 minutes in length. Travel allowances can be discussed within the UK for the right pitch, and you should email me your pitches at Jake@VideoBrains.co.uk with VideoBrains Pitch and the month in the topic.

Don’t feel you have to be “someone” in the games industry, if you think you’ve got an interesting idea, I want to hear it.  Similarly, I’ve got a strong interest in talks from a variety of viewpoints, so please don’t feel put up if you feel like you might not have much to offer. Send an email anyway, we can talk through your ideas.

I really can’t stress this enough. I don’t want just games journalists and people I know – we’ve had fantastic talks from games developers, Tabletop RPG enthusiasts, casual game fans… just send me an email.

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What Format Should My Pitches Take?

3 sentences, bullet pointed if it helps you get your points across clearly. I want to get a strong sense of what your talk is, why it’s useful and how you’ll use your 15 minutes.

I’m going to ask you a few questions, so expect a light grilling.

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What Then?

I’ll let you know I’ve received your pitch and then in mid-June I’ll get back to you and whether we take the pitch or not we’ll talk through the idea. Everyone hears back on their pitch.

If you’re accepted you’ll be told when you’re speaking and left to your own devices for a while, although help is available if you need it. A month before the event I’ll reach out and confirm you’re still up for speaking and then you should start preparing your talk. I’ll be totally available during that month if you need to query or question anything.

What you’ll need:

  • Material for the length of time we’ve discussed. Usually 15 minutes. This needs to be a unique talk you haven’t given anywhere else.

Optional:

  • A presentation: If it suits your needs then go for it, but it’s not required. If you do decide to put one together you’ll need to email that across with a PDF version so we can make sure it works for the night.

Not Required:

  • Your own laptop. We’ve got that covered.
  • A ticket for the event you’re talking at. Sounds simple but we’ll let you in for free.]

What you get:

  • We can’t pay because we’re a small event, but we will help you with travel to London if you’re travelling.
  • A video of your talk is provided. There’s a small audience of 50-60 people, but we’re a passionate crowd and expect support both at the event and afterwards.

So, please. Pitch. I’d love to hear your ideas.  

VideoBrains September is all sold out!

So, the first VideoBrains is basically sold out and somehow it got mentioned in Kotaku. We have a single ticket left at the time of writing.

This is super exciting and has prompted some announcements.

 

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Announcement the first: With the selling out of the first VideoBrains event on September 22nd, I’d like to announce the second: VideoBrains will return on Tuesday October 21st, in much the same format.

I didn’t know how this would turn out when I first started to throw things together, I just wanted to get smart people to talk about videogames for my amusement. It seems quite a few people feel the same and the demand is there for a second event. In light of recent dramatics in the games industry (it’s not the place for it here) I think a safe space to discuss ideas and concepts without fear of being judged is valuable. I want to keep putting these together for as long as you keep coming. Ticket sales will open after the first event, but I want to get a gauge for how full up the bar gets when we pour all of these attendees into it.

 

Announcement the second: I’m now accepting pitches for VideoBrains talks.

Largely, this first event was invite and referral only. There’s no way that I know everyone that can possibly say smart words about games and so for the second event I’d like to open up the floor so that anyone can pitch a talk. I can’t promise that you’ll make it, but I think if you have an interesting idea we can definitely work towards making it a reality. Reach me on Twitter at @_JakeTucker or send me an email to Jake@Videobrains.co.uk and we can make it happen.

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The theme for Octobers event is: “What Scares You?”. I can’t deny the halloween connection but don’t feel limited to ghosts and ghouls. I might be using it as an excuse to talk about Rainbow Six so there’s a lot of flexibility to the theme. I’m looking to start locking talks in for this before the end of September, so get in touch as soon as possible, even if your idea is just a few scrappy sentences for the minute. Try to mention it’s for the event in your subject line so I can filter you appropriately.

 

Announcement the third: I guess the final part is.. VideoBrains is a blog now, too.

I needed an official email and somewhere to host the videos from the event, so I bought this domain. There’s no reason critical thinking shouldn’t be made available to anyone however and so I’m looking to start curating intelligent conversation and a few original pieces to make you think. Primarily we’re still an event, and my energies are focussing there – but it does mean I’m looking for a couple of people to work with me to curate and source smart videogames stuff. Again, send me an email or tweet me @_Jaketucker/Jake@Videobrains.co.uk

There’s a few more things on the horizon, but mostly just thank you to everyone for supporting VideoBrains! I can’t wait to hear the talks and I’m hoping to give you more information on them soon.