Sunday, 8 January 2012

iPad and iPhone Games Launch - UCLan

iPad and iPhone Games Launch - by Games Design students
the science based game, created by games design students at Uclan, can can now be downloaded for iphone or ipad

Uclan Games Design M.A. Students, Harry Prestidge and Dan Startin, celebrate the launch of their first 'FlashBang Science' game on the iPad which is designed to bring fun into learning about Science.
Dan and Harry are currently developing more games in collaboration with Claire Holt and programmer Stephen Higgins of FlashBang Science.
The idea of FlashBang games is to maintain children’s interest in science following on from Flashbang Science workshops in schools. Claire Holt, Company Director, approached Games Design Course Leader, Bev Bush at UCLan who introduced Dan and Harry, to work with programmer Stephen Higgins to produce a series of science based games.

More here.
Making science fun

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Workshop and Lecture with Arthur Parsons from Travellers Tales Ltd.

Towards the end of semester 1 we were very lucky to have another visit and lecture from Arthur Parsons, Game Director from one of the highest profile companies in the world, Travellers Tales/ TT Games, owned by Warner Bros.
Nicola came into Uclan with Lead Artist, Nicola Daly to give a lecture, and set a brief and workshop for the first year Games Design students.
Arthur set an exciting challenge for the students to design game design concepts for a Lego game.
He spent the day with us for the start of the project, which lasted three weeks and then returned for the presentation, assessment and crit session at the completion of the brief.
Arthur provided prizes for the top ten students with interesting and comprehensive game design ideas, which were given out after the presentation and assessment.
We owe a great amount of appreciation to Arthur for his consistent encouragement and nurturing of our students and also to Travellers Tales for the opportunity for collaboration between academia and industry.
The brief was also opened up across the whole games student consort at Uclan and year 3 and 2 students, also had the chance to chat with Arthur and Nic and gather valuable insights into lfe as a games artist or designer.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Uclan Alumni, Peter Field visits from Naughty Dog

We were very lucky to have a fantastic lecture for all games design students on the last day of term before Christmas... from one of our past students - non other than

Peter Field - Designer at Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, CA.

Peter has been a Designer at Naughty Dog for just over a year now and he's enjoying working in California. Prior to that he worked at Ninja Theory as a Games Designer from July 2008 – February 2011 (2 years 8 months)  and as a Junior Designer before that for 2 years from 2008 – 2010 

Peter gained a first class Hons degree in Games Design at Uclan 2005 – 2008

Below: Peter gives advice for Networking and references

Portfolio advice for games designers


Cotton Pops game for Preston Guild

A unique collaboration between RM Productions in conjunction with Games Design students at UCLan and Lancaster University has resulted in the first Preston Guild mobile App game. RM Productions’ (sister company to Black Bull Studios) challenged them earlier in the year to come up with a mobile games idea in celebration of the 2012 Guild.

Georgina Cronshaw, Will Davies and James Burton’s Cotton Pops game idea was selected in May. RM Productions then introduced the trio to two students at Lancaster University, Jamie Briers and Will Moorhouse, who had the programming skills needed to complete the project.

Music for the game was created by Nathaniel Jorden Apostol (NJ) as part of a collaboration with Uclan BA (Hons) Music practice students.

Dynamic new game ‘Cotton Pops’ was launched at a special event at the new Preston Visitors’ Information centre where the team demonstrated it to key members of the Preston Guild team and the media.

The app, which was developed to mark the Preston Guild, brings together Lancashire's traditional textile industry with modern mobile technology.

Cotton Pops can be found : here
The game is designed for Apple's iPhone 4 or later handsets and iPad but releases for other manufacturer's handsets are planned.

Below are a couple of movies from the launch party at Preston's Guild Visitor Centre on December 1st 2011

Below you can see the games team with friends and family during the launch party

You can link to various websites featuring information about the Cotton Pops Game below.

Creative Lancashire

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