Hundreds fighting for Dare to be Digital 2011 glory

Applications for the 2011 contest, which is run and hosted by the University of Abertay Dundee, came from as far afield as Canada and India.

The contest is also delighted to welcome Intel Corporation as a title sponsor for a third year. The company has worked with Dare to be Digital to give the teams financial support and supply them with the latest technology for the competition.

“Among the many applications, we are delighted to see a good mix of PC and mobile platform titles, while many have the ambition to work on an iPad, Windows Phone 7 or Kinect game,” said Elaine Russell, project manager, Dare to be Digital.“We even see Facebook games on the list.

“This shows how much the students are keeping in pace with the changing market.”

All of the applications will now face a rigorous assessment by leading computer gaming industry experts, who will also act as mentors to the successful teams once they arrive at Abertay University in June.

“Intel is sponsoring Dare to be Digital to encourage innovation in the student game developer community,” said Ian Crook, senior marketing manager, Software&Services Group, Intel Corporation.

“The Intel technology the participating teams gain access to will not only help them create, but also learn, as they develop their games.”

Successful team entries will gain access to five Intel® Core™ i7 processor-based computers throughout the competition, one of which will be outfitted with Intel® HD Graphics 3000.

Student teams will also receive access to Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA) 4.0 ( http://www.intel.com/software/gpa) which optimises the playability of PC games by giving developers the ability to identify bottlenecks in graphics and processor performance. Intel GPA 4.0 also analyses gaming applications with a System Analyzer Heads-Up Display that allows developers to profile game code on a single PC.

The Dare to be Digital team which produces the best graphics will receive a Visual Adrenaline award from Intel.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Dare to be Digital:

Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art, organised and run by the University of Abertay Dundee.

Teams of student programmers and artists compete in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment over the summer vacation, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay in August.

The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital each year become the sole nominees for the BAFTA‘Ones to Watch’ Award.

For more information, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com

  


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