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April 19, 2012

NC State Game Development Showcase Planned for April 27th

You are cordially invited to attend NC State’s 2012 Game Development Showcase to be held Friday, April 27 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Engineering Building 2 (EB2) on NC State's Centennial Campus.  The event, now in its eighth year, is free and open to the public.  The Showcase highlights games built by teams of NC State Computer Science and Graphic and Industrial Design students in their joint courses on the game development process. 
 
About the Game:

This year's game, called "Nol," is designed for play in the new James B. Hunt Library's game laboratory, on the large 21-foot wide wall-sized Christie micro-tile video display.  The game uses two Microsoft Kinect sensors to enable up to four players to join in the pursuit of a knowledge thief through the virtual world held in the books available in the Hunt Library.  The game is built this year using the Unity3D game engine.  Computer Science students worked to develop software that drives the dynamics of the game, while Graphic and Industrial Design students built the 2D and 3D art, object and character models and animations that compose the game's content.  Both disciplines contribute to the design of the gameplay and overall feel of the game.  The game’s content is roughly appropriate for an ESRB E10 rating.
 
 
Important Details:
 
Date:       April 27, 2012
Time:       7:00 PM to 10:00PM
Location:  Engineering Building 2, Room 1231
Reception to follow in EB2, Room 3002 (the third floor bridge between the two wings of EB2)
 
The combined team of students will give a presentation describing the design and development of their game, from the initial concept phase, through the definition of technical and artistic milestones, to the effort involved to create the finished product.  After their presentations, students will host audience members at a reception where the course’s game will be available for play and the students will answer questions about their work.  Faculty will be also be available at the reception to answer questions from students and parents interested in NC State’s courses and programs focusing on game creation.
 
About Game Development at NC State:
 
NC State is a leader in the area of computer games research and education.  Ranked in the top 20 game development programs in the U.S and Canada by The Princeton Review for both 2011 and 2012, we offer courses in both the College of Design and Department of Computer Science that prepare our graduates for careers in the games industry.  We work closely with leaders from the North Carolina games industry to design our curriculum so that our graduates have depth in their respective fields and are skilled in the techniques and methods needed to make games.  Our faculty have over $15 million dollars in active funding supporting research in games technologies for applications that include entertainment, training, education and collaboration.  We're very busy here creating the future of games.  For more information, click here.
 
About Our Sponsors:

Christie Digital Systems is a global visual technologies company that offers a broad range of technologies including DLP CinemaTM projectors, LCD and DLPTM projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, and cutting edge projection technologies for 3D, virtual reality and simulation.  With expertise in film projection since 1929, Christie has established a reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government.  For more information, click here.

The ePartners Program provides the framework for the global business community and the NC State Computer Science Department to develop and nurture strong collaborative relationships as they work toward goals of mutual interest.  Its primary focus is to foster ongoing communication and interaction between students, faculty and our corporate partners to help shape the department’s future.  For more information, click here.

The NC State Engineering Foundation Inc. was chartered in 1944 to secure private financial support critical to the improvement of the College.  The Foundation continues to raise funds and engage with alumni to support the important work of the people who define the College. For more information, click here.

Directions and Parking: 
 
Engineering Building 2 (EB2) is located on NC State’s Centennial Campus (directions). The showcase will be held on the first floor of EB2's east wing, in room 1231.  Parking on Centennial Campus after 5:00 p.m. is free.  We recommend that you park in the Partners Way Parking Deck (slightly farther away, but larger and covered), marked as University Parking (or UP) on the map
 
Handicapped Access:
 
From the bus stop on Varsity Drive and Partners Way or from the parking deck on Partners Way, you can enter EB2 right from the point where Varsity Drive ends on Partners Way: this is one level below the main level.  Go down a long hall to the first elevator: the lecture hall where the presentations will be (EB2 1231) is located on the first floor to the left after exiting the elevator.
 
For More Information:
 
Contact Dr. R. Michael Young, associate professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Games Research Initiative.
 

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