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GameCity Squared

PaRappa man Masaya Matsuura to deliver "BAFTA Vision Statement" in Nottingham at the end of October.

27th August 2009. Nottingham, UK. GameCity Squared, the fourth iteration of the world's best loved videogame culture festival is proud to announce that the father of rhythm-action, Masaya Matsuura will be delivering this year's BAFTA Vision Statement at the festival on Saturday 31st October.

Following in the footsteps of Lorne Lanning, Keita Takahashi and Alex Evans, Matsuura-san promises to deliver an extraordinary keynote in the heart of the city that will dissect the state of the music game genre and give some personal insights into the future of videogames.

"The Vision Statement is a unique platform for the most interesting, provocative developers in the World to deliver their thoughts and manifestos independent of any PR constraint. We're beside ourselves with excitement that Matsuura-san has agreed to deliver the address this year", said GameCity director Iain Simons.

He'll be in good company - with full details yet to be announced, a radical set of new venues and a free to attend programme, GameCity Squared promises to be the most audacious GameCity yet.

GameCity runs from 27 - 31 October, 2009.

Media enquiries to: Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR.

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About GameCity

GameCity is the UK's best-loved gaming event, attracting international speakers like Alexei Pajitnov, creator of Tetris and Keita Takahashi, the man behind the Katamari Damacy phenomenon, as well as exclusive game premieres, debates in Indian restaurants and amazing music events. A five-day festival which takes gaming out into the streets, shops and cinemas of Nottingham, it's about finding out what a videogame festival could be.

About Masaya Matsuura

Masaya started his career back in 1983 when he formed the band PSY'S. Famed for pushing the frontiers of computer music for the time, PSY'S disbanded in 1996 after nine hit albums. That same year, Masaya took the world by storm with the release of "PaRappa The Rapper" for PS1, winning notable awards and changing the landscape of gaming forever. Masaya's 1999 release, "vib-ribbon" was another gaming revolution, trailblazing the concept of procedurally generated course designs by beat-scanning Audio CD's.

To this day Masaya continues to search for innovative new forms of music interaction, as evidenced by NanaOn-Sha's recent title "Major Minor's Majestic March" for the Wii.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts exists to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. The Learning and Events Programme, of which this event is a part, aims to reach diverse public audiences through a series of nationwide events and learning programmes which recognise and celebrate achievement and share knowledge. For a full programme of BAFTA events that are open to the public, please visit

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