Devised to encourage game production skills amongst students, Dare to be Digital is run by the University of Abertay, Dundee.
Three main prizes of £2000 went to three titles. Artisan, a group of Abertay students, won the Most Commercial Potential prize for the DS game Metalheads, which uses magnetism as its main gameplay device.
Elsewhere, Log2n’s mouse gesture-based Flux won Greatest Innovation and Creativity, while Rule of Thumb’s Gal-Ex: Spatial Delivery took home Best Use of Technology.
A full listing of the winners for the student-facing awards is given below.
Richard Leinfellner, Electronic Arts’ executive producer and vice president compared the award ceremony and was chairman of the judges: "It has been great to work with Dare for the fourth year running," he commented. "I am continually impressed with the quality of talent this innovative & unique experience manages to attract. It is by far the best pre-employment proving ground for the interactive entertainment sector."
The winners in full:
- Best International Scholar – Pradeep Dewars of Artisan
- Best Team Leader (£500) – Gavan Acton of Log2n
- Best Artist – Jason Su of Phaigo Interactive
- Best Programmer – Alan McNicholas of Rule of Thumb
- The Virtuoso Prize – Nicholas Koumentakis of Phaigo Interactive
- Best Team Players (£500) – Rule of Thumb
- Most Commercial Potential (£2000) – Artisan (Metalheads)
- Greatest Innovation and Creativity (£2000) – Log2n (Flux)
- Best Use of Technology for Product Delivery (£2000) – Rule of (Gal Ex: Spacial Delivery)
- Best use of Screenwriting (£1000) – Phaigo Interactive (Spaceport)