Current students and graduates of College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Media Arts Centre programs will travel to St. John’s this weekend to present their newly designed video games during Sci-Fi on the Rock 8.
The participants created the games during the third annual Sci-Fi on the Rock Game Jam on May 16-18 in Stephenville. Sponsored by CNA, game jam is a 48-hour organized event for rapidly prototyping game designs. In previous years the game jam was held during the Sci-Fi on the Rock weekend, however according to Video Game Design instructor Janice Hertel they decided to make a few changes this year.
Teams were still given the task to design a video game based around the overall theme, which varies from year to year. During the 48-hour timeframe, teams created video games, which are then developed and tested. The theme for this year was, ‘The mind is a terrible thing to waste’
“The main difference with the events this year; game jam was held one week before Sci-Fi on the Rock 8 to allow participants to enjoy the full conference,” Hertel said.
Eleven students and five graduates of the Video Game Design program are expected to attend the conference and present their games.
Hertel says the game jam presentation at last year’s conference went extremely well and she is looking forward to awesome games and a great reception again this year.
“The crowd was enthusiastic about the games. They had questions for the developers after the presentation and some conference attendees had a chance to test the games. They seemed to enjoy the presentation; the students and graduates did an excellent job!”
Students and graduates of CNA’s Media Arts Centre will present their video games as part of Sci-Fi on the Rock 8 in St. John’s on May 25 at 11 a.m. in the Lucas Room at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. For more information about the game jam visit www.scifiontherock.com/events/game.php
. For information about the CNA’s Video Game Design program, visit www.cna.nl.ca
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