The Dundee Gaming Tour

The Dundee Gaming Tour

The Dundee Gaming tour, Dundee doesn’t have a gaming museum but it does have a gaming tour. Join us for a walking tour with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, the local photographer Stephen Finn (as seen on LinkedIn).

This new guided walk is full of fun facts and amusing anecdotes about Dundee’s strong links to the computer games industry.

Building the ZX Spectrum

When the analogue watch orders dried up those nimble fingers at the Timex factory starting assembling millions of 8 bit personal computers.

The ZX Spectrum was an affordable computer that brought personal computers into millions of homes across the UK and allowed many Dundee teenagers to start coding.

Lemmings

With a computer factory on their doorstop, there were a lot of computers about in Dundee. Some teenagers weren’t just playing games they were making them. One group of young friends starting a gaming company and their first big success was Lemmings, an original puzzle game for the 16 bit Amiga. It all started with tiny walking creatures similar to these guys.

GTA

After the success of Lemmings, DMA Design developed more games, one after a long development journey became Grand Theft Auto. Learn about how the game evolved, its controversial marketing campaign and the references to Dundee.

Don’t miss the fascinating story of the origins of the most successful gaming franchise: one of the pioneers of open world games and in-game music.

This video is much amusing with sound.

Minecraft

A few years later in Sweden another programmer created a game with digital Lego but where the other characters can attack you. Hear his amazing story of creativity + perseverance and how a Dundee gaming company created versions of his game for the console market.

Best viewed full screen on a PC with the sound ON!

The Dundee Gaming Tour

Starting in 2024 The Dundee Gaming Tour

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Is this a history tour?

Not really, it is about recent history. The subject matter starts in the 1980s but mostly in the 1990s until the present day.

How long are the tours?

The walking tour is about 0.5 miles or 0.8 km

However there are some steps to climb.

The duration of the tours will be about 60 minutes.

How do I book?

Through Eventbrite

What should we wear?

Dress like an onion. In layers, with warm waterproof clothing. Don’t forget comfortable footwear, hats and gloves. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

 The route is lovely when the sun is out, in horizontal rain, not so much.

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