Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Kiwi game wins ‘excellent’ award at IGF China

Kiwi game wins ‘excellent’ award at IGF China

A group of students from New Zealand’s Media Design School have taken out the Excellent Student Winner prize at the 2nd Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF) China, known as the Sundance of the indie games industry.

Dead Steel – a futuristic alien shooter made for PC, was the final-year project of a team of students from Media Design School’s Graduate Diploma in Game Development, the only NZQA-approved tertiary qualification of its kind in New Zealand.

Game Development programming tutor Jon Booth, who was present at the Shanghai International Convention Centre to receive the award, said that the students had fierce competition in the finals from some of Asia’s top gaming schools.

“There were 283 games entered for the student category so this is a massive achievement for our students. Media Design School is the only tertiary institute in Australasia to have made the finals, and the Excellent Student Winner prize only confirms what we’ve known all along - that we’re one of the top game development schools in the Asia Pacific region.”

Media Design School graduate and Dead Steel project manager Paul Chambers, who was also present in Shanghai, said that he was glad the team got recognition for their hard work.

“I’m already proud of the game and the team, so this is just the icing on the cake. Dead Steel is the result of some great teamwork, so I’m really proud on behalf of the entire team,” says Chambers.

Dead Steel lead artist Xin Chen said that he was overwhelmed by the win.

“This prize just makes it all worthwhile in the end. It’s moments like this that you can almost forget all the hard work, sweat and sleepless nights that went into it – but we made it in the end.”

Game Development art tutor Mike Porter said that what made the team shine was how quickly they were able to figure out what worked and what didn’t, and adapt the game accordingly.

Dead Steel is highly polished and has garnered the attention of gamers and professionals alike. When playing the game, you forget that these students had only 6 months to complete it. The game is incredibly fun and fast-paced. The effects and animation as well as the environment really immerses the player into intense gameplay. I found that it was sometimes difficult to stop playing so I could continue marking the project!” says Porter.

The IGF Awards China is held as part of the prestigious Game Developers Conference China, held 5-7 December 2010 at the Shanghai International Convention Centre. The award ceremony was held on the night of 6 December at the Pearl Hall in the convention centre.

This is the second time that Media Design School students have won a prize in the student section of the IGF Awards. In 2006, 12 students from the school won best game at the IGF Student Showcase in San Francisco.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland