CSC News

April 22, 2008

New Video Games to be Unveiled at NC State

Event: Fifth Annual Computer Game Development Showcase
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 25
Where: Burns Auditorium in Kamphoefner Hall at NC State (directions) (map)
Media Contact: Nate DeGraff, (919) 515-3848 (office); (336) 253-2893 (cell);
Luge racing – with sled-to-sled combat. An Edgar Allan Poe story – where you’re the main character. Saving a endangered tree from the bad guys – by manipulating energy.
These games were created by NC State University computer science and industrial design students. They will show off their creations at the fifth annual Computer Game Development Showcase, an end-of-semester event highlighting the collaborative, team-based work of students in the two departments. The showcase will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Burns Auditorium of Kamphoefner Hall on the NC State’s North Campus.

The event is free and open to the public, and media coverage is invited.
The event is a marriage of art and engineering. The teams are comprised of students in the Advanced Game Development course in the Department of Computer Science and their counterparts in the 3D Game Development Studio course in the Department of Industrial Design. Their final projects are fully functioning games featuring 3D animation, custom artwork, artificial intelligence and interactive game play.
Among the games are “Meltdown: Xtreme Luge,” in which sleds battle each other, and “Deliver Us From Evil,” based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” in which the player is a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition. There’s also “Enyara,” in which a mage – someone who can control energy – uses her powers to save an endangered tree.
Each team will present its game and give a brief explanation of the process used to create it. Teams will give hands-on demonstrations at a reception following the presentations.
The professors leading the courses, Dr. Michael Young and Timothy Buie, are co-directors of the Digital Games Research Center, a multi-disciplinary initiative at NC State that investigates the scientific, design, social and educational challenges of design and construction of games and game technologies. The center, which brings together faculty from the colleges of Engineering, Education, Design and Humanities and Social Sciences, contributes to the Triangle’s reputation as one of the top game development centers on the East Coast.
Click here for more information about the event, including images of some of the games’ characters.

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