Congratulations to team Cross Frogger who this week competed against sixteen teams from institutes across Ireland to take the coveted XNA Game Studio Ireland Challenge College Cup (top prize overall) in the XNA Ireland Challenge. The contest invites students to recreate a classic arcade game using Microsoft’s XNA technology. This year’s theme was the classic Konami arcade game Frogger which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. The team of BSc in Computer Science students developed three new levels that a player can interact with using Microsoft’s Kinect full-body motion capture system. The international judges from the games industry were also impressed with the team’s novel use of procedural audio that synchronises with gameplay. The team of Liangchuan Gu (Iric), Zhensheng Tan (Simon), Xini Jia (Luke) and Wei Yuan (Lily) from DT228/3 also were awarded a special prize of Best Original Innovation in Gaming at the contest. The team who took time out of their work placement’s to develop the game and compete in the competition, learned how to program XNA as part of the Game Design and Ludology module taught by School of Computing lecturer Hugh McAtamney.
Team mentor Dr Bryan Duggan says: “Games programming presents students with the opportunity to master difficult subjects such as object orientated programming and maths by doing something creative and fun. Additionally the team have developed an amazing portfolio piece that will impress any potential employer.”
Other winners at Games Fleadh 2011 were team FrogSplat (DT228/2 students Alan Egan, Jimmy Bryce and Emmanuelle Adenola) who won the Best in Animation prize. These students were particularly notable as they taught themselves XNA and the C# programming language in order to compete in the competition. A third DIT team, Delicious Frogs Legs – Yitong Hu (Max) and Ge Feng (Steve) from DT228/2 were awarded Best in Original Gameplay for their novel game Anti-Frogger, while DT228/1 students Stephen Crowther, Bo Sheng and Hao Guan competed in the Robocode robot programming competition.
Check out the 2010 board games from the MSC and BA students in the board game section under projects
The 2010 MSC in Digital Games class used the cryengine 3.0 to create this MOD of Glendalough in wicklow.
Check out the details here
The School of Computing is pleased to offer up to 150 free college places to job seekers as part of the Labour Market Activtation program funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The school will offer the following courses to qualified applicatants:
CPD Diploma in Geographical Information Systems & Technology
CPD Diploma in Accessible Web Design
CPD Diploma in Green IT
CPD Diploma in Computer Game Prototyping and Ludology
CPD Certificate in iPhone Applications Programming
Of particular interest here is the CPD Diploma in Computer Game Prototyping and Ludology.
The plan is to offer a selection of our games programming modules from 3rd and 4th year. All I can say is that these are brilliant fun, full on courses that cover XNA development, ludology and game design, modding, DirectX programming, 3D maths graphics, physics and Ai for games. All the modules involve lots of practical games developement and students make an eportfolio of their work to demonstrate their skills to potential employers. If you are currently unemployed or know someone who is, you can find more information here:
We are currently working out the details and I’ll post more information when its available.
DIT School of Computing students Nikola Nevin, Marco Castorina, Jonathan Lynch and Philip Kavanagh are representing Ireland in the Software Design Competition of the Imagine Cup in Poland this week. The team have developed an amazing music therapy application called Imaginote and have spend the last week running user trials with Enable Ireland, the Central Remedial Clinic, Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School and St Catherine’s Special School in Wicklow.
Support and follow the team by becomming a fan of the team facebook page:
Follow the teams progress on the Imaginote Facebook Page
Watch a movie all about Imaginote
Vote for Team Imaginote in the People’s Choice awards
you can follow my take on the game developer conference 2010 on http://www.gamedevelopers.ie