Computer Games Day Gets Microsoft Seal Of Approval

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Computer Games Day Gets Microsoft Seal Of Approval

Date posted: 11 December 2012

Computer games can take years and millions of pounds to develop - but University of Derby students had only 12 weeks to create ones they'll be publicly exhibiting just before Christmas.

Around 100 Derby students and graduates will take part in the Games@Derbyfree public exhibitionfrom 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday December 19, in the Atrium at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site in Derby. It is being sponsored by global software giant Microsoft.

Visitors are welcome to come and play working computer games featuring alien landscapes, comic characters and high octane thrills. A 30 second promotional video for the event can be seen on YouTube

The games have been created by current students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses. The courses are taught by former games and software industry professionals.

Peter Innes, 21, a final year student on the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree course, originally from Edinburgh, said: "We're making a game called NYZ, involving zombies and time travel. We wanted to make a game where you were a zombie, instead of fighting them, and were attempting to infect a whole city."

Also at the free event will be displays by independent games companies set-up by Derby's students, such as Derby-based Indieskies and Pillowdrift, who have published their own games on Apple and Google app stores; as well as for the Xbox 360, and Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming, said: "Computer games on sale in the shops, such as Halo and Call of Duty, can take years to develop.

"We've put our student teams, each with five programmers and five artists, through a very stripped down version of that process, giving them 12 weeks to go from initial concept to a playable game. Our lecturers on the CGP and CGMA courses have utilised their industry experience to guide these students as they handle a range of creative pressures."

Microsoft staff alongside peers from other games companies will join University of Derby lecturers in a judges' panel on December 19, which will assess the students' work and award prizes to the best games on the day.

Industry professionals have been invited to the event, which will also feature second-year degree students seeking work placements.

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