Cream Of Computer ‘Games Jam’ To Feature at Games@Derby Expo

The best original computer games created from scratch during a 48 hour, non-stop design session will feature in a Games@Derby public exhibition at the University of Derby.

Around 60 students from all years of the University’s BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses will compete in teams to design a game from start to finish, starting at 5pm tomorrow (Friday February 1) and finishing at 5pm on Sunday (February 3).

Competitors won’t even be able to choose the name and subject of their game, as they’ll have to work to titles randomly generated by clicking on the website ‘The Video Game Name Generator’ (at http://videogamena.me). Examples of the bizarre suggestions this site comes up with include ‘Invisible Bongo Smuggler’ and ‘Urban Spelling Gladiator’.

All student teams taking part will play and rate each other’s prototype games and vote which ones should have a stand at the University’s free public event, Games@Derby. It will be held next week from 1pm to 5pm on Friday February 8, in the Atrium at the University’s Kedleston Road site in Derby, and is being sponsored by global software giant Microsoft.

The Games@Derby event will feature around 15 exhibitors in total. Stands will include playable games for the public by first to final year students, examples of Windows 8 apps (or applications) they’ve designed and the work of commercial games companies established by Derby graduates.

Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming, said: “These 48-hour ‘games jams’ are great fun for the students but they also teach them about working in teams of programmers and digital artists, to a deadline and under pressure; just as they will have to do when they graduate and join the games industry.

“The added challenge of working to a randomly generated title for the game you’re designing should make for some very interesting creations. The public will be able to have a go on the best of these at our Games@Derby event on February 8.”

Dean Cunningham, 21, from Birmingham, is on the final year of the University’s BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming course.

He added: “I have taken part in these 48 hour games jams before and they are fun. It does get a bit stressful towards the end when you’re trying to cram extra features into the game and it keeps ‘breaking’.”

For more information about the University of Derby’s Computer Games courses – all taught by games and software industry professionals – see website www.derby.ac.uk/games  

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For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

Students have the choice of studying in four faculties: Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law; Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning.

The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent 18 th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of Buxton.

University of Derby Students’ Union, research centres and academic schools –including The Derby Business School – are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a £3m state of the art gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite.

The University’s corporate training and development division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

Buxton College of Further Education, based at the Buxton campus, and Leek College, based in the centre of Leek, are also part of the University of Derby group.  


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