Calling All Gamers

05 December 2017 | College News, Media, Games & Computing

On Thursday 7 December, gaming enthusiasts are invited to be the first to test and experience exciting games made by City College students, in Plymouth’s new GAME Belong arena.

Belong is a chain of gaming arenas that are opening across the country in the hopes of running competitive e-sports tournaments. E-sports are rapidly becoming a popular area of gaming and there have been talks of them being included in the 2024 Olympic Games to engage more young people with the event. Plymouth’s GAME store on New George Street, is the fourteenth to undergo the makeover and offers gamers 12 stations of high-end gaming PCs, an Xbox One, PS4 Pro, as well as two stations for HTC Vive virtual reality experiences.

The games development students were tasked with creating competitive games that can be played by people of all ages. Their quest was to design engaging, skill-based games that will draw in a crowd and have a way of judging performance, be it high scores, competitive leader boards, or fastest lap times – the more creative the better.

Games Development Lecturer, Sam Harvey has been leading the project. She said: “We are so excited to collaborate with GAME and offer our students the opportunity to test out their games in the new Belong arena. These spaces open up some amazing opportunities and it is wonderful that these young people are now able to launch their games in this environment.

“Our students have spawned some great ideas and we are excited to see their games go live. It is one thing to design a game and another to see others play and enjoy something you have created. This will be a great experience for our students and give them a taste of the games industry.”

The games development course is designed to develop all the technical and creative skills required to become an expert games designer, including the use of digital graphics and the various platforms and technologies used within the gaming industry. The course also allows students to hone the key skills required to progress to a career in the games development industry.

Those wanting to pursue a career in gaming can find out more about the full and part-time courses, including Apprenticeships, the College offers at their Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 3 January, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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