The four Wolverhampton students and a student from the University of Birmingham have 10 weeks to develop a prototype video game of commercial quality, receiving support and training from industry experts. They are the only team from the West Midlands to have made it through to the final.
Stuart Slater, Principal Lecturer (Digital Media & Games), said: “This year’s team is called DarkMatter Designs and their game is Boro-Toro using Wii Technology. Players face unique and challenging puzzles that will require logic and reasoning skills and the aim is to help the Boros reclaim their precious artefact and solve the mystery of the Starlight Isles.
“This is the second time one of our teams has made it to the final and previous members of the team now work at the Serious Games Institute and Data Design Interactive developing Wii Games, so it is a great opportunity for students. “
The students taking part are: Adam Westwood, Graham Ranson, Owen Schwehr, Yves Wheeler, Matt Booton.
At the end of the competition, the prototypes will be displayed at a talent showcasing event in Edinburgh, alongside the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival in August. The general public as well as industry experts get to play and vote for the games by visiting the competition website, www.daretobedigital.com . Prizes are then awarded to the winning teams at a special awards ceremony.
Visit the team’s blog, where people can vote for the team on the website.
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