FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHAPEL HILL, NC - March 26, 2008 - Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. and the Indiana University School of Education announced today that Vicious Engine, a powerful middleware solution for cross-platform development, is now available to students at the university who aspire to become future game developers. With access to the Vicious Engine, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the most effective and versatile toolset used by professionals in the game industry today to prototype, develop, and test games.
“With the flexibility that comes with Vicious Engine, students will be creating‘serious games’ that are designed to teach various subjects of their choosing,” said Bob Appelman, associate professor of Instruction Systems Technology in the Indiana University School of Education.“This program will be part of an on-going project on the part of the university to study how people learn through games.”
“Vicious Engine was built from the ground up with accessibility in mind,” said Eric Peterson, president of Vicious Cycle Software Inc.“This engine and toolset will give aspiring serious game developers a chance to create engaging educational software, as well as give students applicable experience for their future.”
About Indiana University School of Education
The Indiana University School of Education is one of the world's premier programs for preparing tomorrow's teachers, counselors, school psychologists, educational leaders, curriculum designers, and educational scholars. The Instructional Systems Technology Department has grown from humble beginnings as an audio-visual center in the 1940s to one of the leading instructional technology departments in the country. With an emphasis on improving human learning and performance in diverse contexts, the IST Department in the School of Education takes technology beyond hardware and software development; among the things the department studies are learning environments and educational systems design. The IU School of Education boasts some of the best graduate programs in the country. The School of Education is ranked 17th overall and 10th among public universities nationally by U.S. News and World Report. All nine IU programs ranked by USNWR areranked in the top 20, with four in the top 10. More about the IU School of Education is available at www.education.indiana.edu; the IST Department homepage is at http://site.educ.indiana.edu/strongISTstrong/tabid/5196/Default.aspx.
IU is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest and also one of the largest universities in the United States, with more than 110,000 students, faculty and staff on eight campuses. IU has a national reputation in the areas of information technology and advanced networking.
About Vicious Engine
The Vicious Engine provides a comprehensive, easy-access suite of development tools that are accessible to all members of a software development team--from artists, to designers, to engineers. The Vicious Engine helps developers and publishers concentrateon game content rather than core technology.
About Vicious Cycle Software
Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., based in Chapel Hill, NC, is a premier developer of interactive entertainment software for PlayStation ® 2 and PLAYSTATION ® 3 computer entertainment systems, PSP ® (PlayStation ® Portable), Xbox ® and Xbox 360 TM video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Nintendo Wii TM , Nintendo GameCube TM , Nintendo DS TM , and the PC. The company, founded in 2000, blazed onto the gaming scene with its debut title Robotech: Battlecry and continues to create titles for all age groups based on both licensed and original IP. Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. is also the developer of the Vicious Engine, a comprehensive and fully portable middleware solution for current generation consoles, handhelds, and the PC. For more information, visit the company's web sites at www.viciouscycleinc.com and www.monkeybargames.com.