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Games design students develop prototype at global event

Games design students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have worked alongside industry professionals to develop video game prototypes.

Global Games Jam is a worldwide annual event supported by the games industry and educational institutions.

Within a 48 hour session university students and industry professional’s work together to develop prototype video games. Students from UCLan were invited to participate in this year’s event at the University Of Applied Sciences Hogeschool Van Amsterdam.

Together with an international team, UCLan games design students Leigh Hadfield, Jarkko Kouva and Vytautas Januskevicius used the Unity Engine to create a very successful and engaging platformer game ‘Kevin’ for the PC. The trip was funded by the International Travel Student Bursary and organised by Rhoda Daly, Lecturer, Games Design, University of Central Lancashire.

Reflecting on the event, Jarkko said: “To have people in the same team from different backgrounds, all working together to make a game in 48 hours was an eye opening experience.

“We had many ups and downs in our development process. This project taught me how important it is to have a solid plan before making a game.”

Leigh combined his role as level designer with team captaincy, where he was responsible for ensuring all work flows were consistent and efficient.

He said: “Competing in the Global Game Jam was a fantastic experience, I feel what I have learnt will become invaluable to me as my career progresses. The highlight was being put in charge of a fantastic team who managed to produce the game that we envisaged.

“I would highly recommend this process of learning to anybody, to create a game in 48 hours and experience the benefits and limitations of game design can only enhance both reputation and skill set.”

For second year student Vytautas, the event provided him with his first experience of working on an actual game.

He commented: “Working in a team can be very hard without good leadership and organization therefore I am very thankful for my fellow teammates Leigh and Jarkko who led the whole team to finish line.”