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Huddersfield Dominate Games Republic Student Showcase 2017

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Huddersfield Dominate Games Republic Student Showcase 2017

Game Republic Student Showcase – 8th June 2017

 

The Games Students from Huddersfield Uni once again dominate the Yorkshire and Humberside Game Republic Student Showcase. Last year we won three of the four 1st Prizes and this year we’ve done the same.

 

Each year, for the last 10 years, Jamie Sefton and Game Republic have been running a competition between the Yorkshire and Humberside universities to showcase student talent – the Game Republic Student Showcase website 2017. The Showcase provides a competitive spirit to all the programmers, designers and artists on the various games degrees in the area.

 

Teams from the universities of York, Bradford, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam… and of course The University of Huddersfield. This year was the biggest event so far with 26 teams competing, with lots of floor space given over to VR. Last year, there was only one VR project (our own Nathan Boxhall-Burnett and the VIVE Dr Who Tardis experience- Nathan Boxhall-Burnett winning 1st Prize Games Technology, 2016).

This year there were five VR installations, all very different. We were very well accommodated across five rooms at Leeds University in the Sadler Building, with Dr Hamish Carr being our very friendly and congenial host.

 

The Six Huddersfield Uni Games Teams

 

All the GR Educational Partners are able to take six teams and ours were:

 

1. Shutter Shade Heroes

Shutter Shade Heroes were arguably the most-visited and actively-enjoyed team offering. They were showing their VR Partyware game – a very active VR version of party games and exercises… including cracking a safe, all via the VIVE. Here they are with the set-up.

Shutter Shade Heroes VR Partyware and the whack-a-mole

Shutter Shade Heroes VR Partyware and the whack-a-mole game

Games within VR Partyware include baseball, darts, throw a ball in a bin, sqat thrusts and crack a safe. As players succeed at each game they return to play the same series in a more demanding manner. The team members comprise: Parampal SinghKiera HaymanJoe CooperMarcus NicholsLiam Ford and Chris Vickery.

 

2. Out of Mana

Out of Mana – navigate a dungeon with all the usual (and some unexpected) dangers and get to the end to fight the Boss. Play as a 2-person game and decide to work together …or kill them and play it alone.

Out of Mana - Game Republic 2017 game team

Out of Mana – Game Republic 2017 game team

The team of: Dan Schofield, Angel Petkov, Alyson Sjardijn, Gage Bolton, Martin Barker, Dean Ford and Natalie Hirst… completed thew game. Well done on making a really playable game!

 

3. Reaper’s Rampage

Reaper’s Rampage team with… you guessed it, the Reaper’s Rampage game at Game Republic 2017 – a 3rd person fight game where the Grim Reaper (our hero’s father) is testing his son’s skills (the player) against all sorts of ghouls to see if he is good enough to take his place when he meets his maker. |Fighting the devil’s minions, or more graphically, “Fighting Satan’s spawn”, as the team nicely put it. Great game!

The team are: Rob Potter, Max Zazulak, Jake Brown. Here are Redkite Games playing the game.

Reaper's Rampage at Game Republic 2017

Reaper’s Rampage at Game Republic 2017

 

4. Kiera Hayman

So how can we make a simple game of Pong as complicated as possible? Well, you need to do it over the web using the user’s smartphone. Here’s Kiera demoing her game with users’ playing via their phones. A variety of internal algorithms choose which way to proceed to minimise latency. All clever stuff.

Keira Hayman - Games Programmer with websocket Ping-Pong game

Keira Hayman – Games Programmer with websocket Ping-Pong game

 

 

 5. This Dead Winter

Robert Potter with This Dead Winter – a mesmerising fox-runs-through-snow-leaving-footprints game, currently at concept stage, and with some gamification targets built in. However, just watching the footprints and tail swooshes in the snow is enough for most people as the untiring fox makes its way through the wilderness.

Rob Potter his Dead Winter The fox in snow game

Rob Potter his Dead Winter The fox in snow game

Rob is very generous with information and provides a fairly good trail of what he’s up to and how his experiments in coding are going on his Twitter feed: @Rob_Potter. Join him there and follow one of the UK’s future games programming stars.

 

 

6. Maxim Zazulak – Games Character Artist

Max’s Game Character Art was on show including the much talked-about ogre with dangly bits plus fighting dragons breathing fire.  Here is Max with his characters – posters, monitor and TV – what a spread!  Max was also one of three Finalists in the 2017 Search for a Star Games Character Art – so well done Max! A star of the future and one to watch.

The work that I have developed for my final year is all inspired by games that I have played, my heritage and other visually interesting elements. The year started out as pretty average, however by becoming involved in competitions such as Search for a Star and Game Republic, a sense of push allowed me to develop my assets through iteration; improving the pieces vastly each time.

Max Zazulak Games Art and Animation Category - Max and his character art

Max Zazulak Games Art and Animation Category – Max and his character art

Whilst the picture below shows only one, Max’s showreel was shown on a large TV and had a rotating models of two dragons fighting – the one below breathing fire.

Max Zazulak Games Character Artist - dragon breathing fire

Max Zazulak Games Character Artist – dragon breathing fire

Of course, the A1 colour pictures on the wall show his three character poses better than the amalgamation below.

Max Zazulak Games Character Artist - three characters

Max Zazulak Games Character Artist – three characters

I am a 3D Character Artist and aim to work in the Games Industry developing 3D models for major games studios. I am very passionate about my work and I am extremely focused on achieving this goal. 

See more at his own website: Maxim Zazulak website – Games Character Artist.

 

Summary of our Game Republic Student Showcase 2017 wins

The Huddersfield wins are a fabulous testament to the work and dedication of the games teaching team at The University of Huddersfield and also to the brilliant students we have the pleasure of spending time with. All the best to them in their new careers as they leave us for pastures new in the games industry.

 

Sumo Digital Award for Game Design

1st Prize. VR Partyware by Shutter Shade Heroes

3rd Prize. This Dead Winter by Rob Potter

 

Red Kite Games Award for Game Technology

2nd Prize. VR Partyware by Shutter Shade Heroes

 

Revolution Software Award for Art & Animation

1st Prize. This Dead Winter by Rob Potter

 

Rockstar Leeds Award for Best Team

1st Prize. VR Partyware by Shutter Shade Heroes

 

 

Flux8 at Insomnia60!

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Flux8 at Insomnia60!

If you were at Insomnia60 over the Easter weekend, then you may have visited the Flux8 stand! If not, don’t worry! Our developers are on hand to tell you what you missed.

 

We sent Harry, Matt, Sam and Jonathan down to Insomnia60 in Birmingham (along with Tess and Newt, of course) so that you guys could come and play Flux8 for the first time! Here’s what happened:

Flux8 at Insomnia Raven - HudUniGames

Flux8 at Insomnia: Raven Cosplay- HudUniGames

Sam:

 

As part of Flux8’s development, I recently attended the Insomnia60 games event at the NEC, Birmingham, along with a few other people. This event was the first part of marketing for the game and getting a large amount of people to play it, in order to see both their reactions, as well as their thoughts on it.

 

Throughout the event we had a plethora of people come over and try the game, of which a very large majority enjoyed it. We also received a lot of feedback on how we should improve the game, which will be beneficial in the coming months of development. Our expected target audience, which is children, thoroughly enjoyed the game and loved the merchandise we took to the event, including badges, stickers and business cards.

 

Overall the event went well and it was a very fun time for me personally, getting out there into the world of games and the events that happen because of them. Hopefully I will be there at Insomnia 61, showing an increasingly polished game and meeting many new people, including other developers.

Flux8 at Insomnia Galactic Knights - HudUniGames

Flux8 at Insomnia: Galactic Knights – HudUniGames

Harry:

 

We arrived at the event on Thursday, the day before the event, meaning we had a choice of where to set up our stand. We decided to set up at the end of the row so we could try to entice people passing by with our free merchandise. Looking back after the event, I believe more posters would have been helpful on the sides of the booth to make it look more appealing.

 

The start of the event seemed slow as most of the attendees visited the AAA games before visiting the indie booths. After a few people visited the booth and responded positively to the game, the stand began to attract visitors more consistently, having at least one person playing the game at any given time. The event peaked on Saturday at noon, having a larger audience at the stand playing the single player as well as the Local-Coop. As the demographic for the game was kids, we had an encouraging amount of positive feedback from the younger audience.

 

During the event we encouraged players to vote on Steam Greenlight and a large amount of players did, leaving helpful feedback and comments on the game. The remainder of the event consisted of a varied demographic playing the game, ranging from the younger to older audience who all seemed to enjoy it. The event also served as a playtest, allowing us to find bugs and come up with ideas for improvements.

Flux8 at Insomnia Torbjorn - HudUniGames

Flux8 at Insomnia: Torbjorn Cosplay – HudUniGames

Jonathan:

 

The evening of the first day gave the opportunity to meet with other developers and discuss both game development, as well as how the teaching of games has changed over the years, several of the older developers not having had the option to study games development, let alone get a placement within the industry.

 

On the Saturday, we went in knowing that it was likely to be the busiest day of the weekend and as such, we went in with the fixes from the previous day, having cut the more problematic levels to give us the best opportunity to showcase the game. We also began to take more of a focus on the multiplayer game and pushed the Steam Greenlight more.

 

The last two days proceeded more steadily as the attendance slowed down. During this time, we also attracted several cosplayers who got a photo opportunity with Tess and Newt. After spending the 4 days next to the Yogscast booth, Newt even got a photo with Sjin on the last day.

Flux8 at Insomnia Yogscast Sjin - HudUniGames

Flux8 at Insomnia: Yogscast Sjin – HudUniGames

Did you visit the Flux8 stand at Insomnia60? Let us know in the comments section below! Don’t forget, you can still Vote for Flux8 on Steam Greenlight!

Huddersfield Students Through To “Search For A Star” Final

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Huddersfield Students Through To “Search For A Star” Final

The “Search For A Star” finalists have been announced and it’s good news for the University of Huddersfield!

 

Across multiple categories, six games students from the University of Huddersfield have made it through to the final stage of Aadvark Swift’s “Search For A Star” and “Rising Star” competitions.

 

Check out everyone’s submissions below!

 

Search For A Star: Character Art

 

Maxim Zazulak

Maxim Zazulak Search For A Star Entry - HudUniGames

Maxim Zazulak Search For A Star Entry – HudUniGames

Michael Starovoytov

Michael Starovoytov Search For A Star Entry - HudUniGames

Michael Starovoytov Search For A Star Entry – HudUniGames

Rising Star: Character Art

 

Ellie Brown

Ellie Brown Rising Star Entry - HudUniGames

Ellie Brown Rising Star Entry – HudUniGames

Rising Star: Environment Art

 

Samuel Sharpe

 

Search For A Star: VFX

 

Robert Potter

 

I entered into the Search for a Star competition in the VFX/Animation category. For the first stage I submitted a deformable snow shader I made for my personal project in Unreal Engine 4. That got me through to round 2, in which the VFX artists were tasked with creating an over the top Sci-fi projectile effect in which one sphere had to shoot another in Unreal Engine 4. Here’s my submission:

 

I received 2nd place and have subsequently made it through to the finals.

 

Search For A Star: Code

 

Nick Chilvers is through to the final with his submission: Galactic Defence – A Real Time Strategy game with Tower Defence elements.

 

 

We’ll be following their progress and keeping you updated with the results!

 

 

 

Bethesda Game Studios Featured Student Mod

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Bethesda Game Studios Featured Student Mod

A Student has recently beat the competition and been featured on Bethesda’s own blog!

 

With over 175 million downloaded mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim it was hard to find the lesser known mods, or this was the case until a week ago. Now Bethesda have started a blog featuring showcasing some of these hidden gems. One of these gems has been produced by one of our own students! Here is a short interview where we asked Kial Oliver-Gibson a few questions about this.

 

Fallout 3 Mod – Kial Oliver-Gibson – HudUniGames 2017

 

Tell us a bit about yourself:

 

I’m 18 years old, currently in my first year at Huddersfield Uni, studying Games Design. I live at home and commute to Huddersfield. I spend most of my time outside of university playing video games, doing assignments, practicing my 3D art or making mods.

 

Tell us a little about your mod:

 

This Mod brings highly customizable Dragonborn-inspired Power Armor and weapons to the Wasteland. The TES-51 Power Armor Mod also features six new paint jobs including Nordic Warpaint and Skyforge Steel, plus a bonus new location with an untold secret. It does a superb job of bringing Skyrim aesthetics to Fallout 4, and is one of the better ways to turn heads aboard the Prydwen.

 

 

How did you first get into video game mod development/Design?

 

It all started in 2012, when I got my first gaming PC alongside a copy of Fallout: New Vegas and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Diving into the Nexus Mods sites browsing all the user-made content was enthralling, and added hundreds more hours to some of my favourite games.

 

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Bethesda Game Studios Featured Student Mod 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t long after that I decided to try my hand at making my own mods. I barely had any idea what I was doing, so the earliest weapons I made remained untextured in 3ds Max. After the announcement of Fallout 4 it got my creativity going a bit, and I had already done my first year at Bradford College doing games development, so I knew at least how to model and texture something. I released my first mod for Fallout: New Vegas, a vending machine inspired by Fallout 4’s redesign. It got a good reception, so I kept at it. Eventually, once Fallout 4 had released and I’d had the chance to play it, I wanted to make my own power armour for the game, then I made another, and another, and… basically I can’t stop…

 

My favourite aspect of games design is character art. No matter the type, be it a giant hulking mech, a diving suit, or a mercenary-type, I really like creating characters and armour. Creatures too, though I haven’t had much practice at non-humanoid things yet.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Huddersfield?

 

After finishing Games Development over at Bradford College, I wanted to keep at it, and move my focus towards the design/art aspect since programming isn’t really my thing. I looked around, went to open days and such, and decided that the University of Huddersfield offered the best course for me, and I remain confident that my decision was the right one.

 

 

What is your favourite piece of software to use and why?

 

Up until recently I’d have said Autodesk Maya, because I was comfortable with it and it let me make the models I wanted to. However, after starting at Huddersfield I’ve found my true home, ZBrush.

I still use Maya in conjunction with ZBrush, since I haven’t figured out how to do a fair few things in it yet, but I love the freedom it allows. Being able to get so much more detail into my models and textures is great. There are so many things I wouldn’t have dreamt of making in Maya that I can now do in ZBrush, and enjoy doing it too.

 

Here is the article if you wish to read more about this: Fallout 4 and Skyrim mods

EPY Games Students in Finals for £25,000 Funding

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EPY Games Students in Finals for £25,000 Funding

A group of Enterprise Placement Year (EPY) students at the University of Huddersfield are in with the chance to win £25,000 in funding.

 

Ocean Spark is an independent video game studio set up by four video games design students. They are all third year games design or games programming students from the University of Huddersfield. The EPY students are in the final round of the UK Games Fund’s Tranzfuser funding. They have a great shot at winning a massive £25,000 to help them complete their game “Tetra”. They (and the rest of the world) will find out at EGX Rezzed in London at the end of March. Fingers crossed!

 

“Tetra” is a strategic, role-playing tower defence game. The player controls four elemental guardians with distinct abilities.

Hud Uni Games - 2017 - Ocean Spark

Hud Uni Games – 2017 – Ocean Spark – EPY

 

Tranzfuser, the innovative new games development program, is run by UK Games Talent. The main goal of Tranzfuser is to provide an annual shot for top Games talent into the UK development ecosystem with a focus on creative team leaders.

 

This is the first time a UK-wide talent programme has been directly linked to a prototype fund. It will allow new teams to receive the full benefit from grants and to interact with a host of other early-stage games development teams and companies.

Tetra now have been working on developing a website and now this has gone live click here to find out about this amazing game!

 

Additionally, Ellie Brown and Helen Andrzejowska, both members of Ocean Spark, have got through the to second stage of Sumo Digital’s Rising Star competition (along with Sam Dickinson from Canalside Studios). This yearly event has entrants create their own games, art assets, animations or visual effects. Prize packages include valuable access to established games companies, one being a guaranteed internship interview with Sumo Digital.

 

However, Ocean Spark aren’t the only EPY students finding success. Torchbearer Interactive have already been awarded £15,000 by Creative England so that they can complete their game “Cloud Cover”. Torchbearer comprise three games programming students who work on their own projects and who also contract out to other EPY teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canalside Studios Employee enters Rising Star 2017

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Canalside Studios Employee enters Rising Star 2017

One of Canalside Studios’ own designers is entering Aadvark Swifts’s “Rising Star 2017” Competition.

Rising Star - Aadvark Swift

Rising Star – Aadvark Swift. Image from http://gradsingames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/rising-star-sumo-2016.png

Over the last few weeks, Computer Games Design student Samuel Dickinson has been designing his own environment. This is in preparation for his entry into Aadvark Swift’s “Rising Star” Competition. The environment depicts a hospital, abandoned after a virus outbreak and left to gather dust.

Sam Dickinson Hospital Scene 1

Sam Dickinson Hospital Scene 1 – HudUniGames

“My inspiration to build the scene came from playing The Division. I wanted to try and replicate the aesthetics and style which The Division has set. I then decided to build an abandoned hospital.
Following The Divisions story, I wanted the hospital to be set a couple of months after it all began.”

Sam Dickinson Hospital Scene 2

Sam Dickinson Hospital Scene 2 – HudUniGames

Aadvark Swift’s “Rising Star” Competition allows design and programming students, who are not yet in their final year, to compete in five different categories including:

 

  • Code
  • Character Art
  • Environment Art
  • Animation
  • VFX

 

As a designer, Sam will be entering the “Environment Art” category; Therefore, he will have to compete against other students throughout three stages:

 

  • 1 – Portfolio Assessment: Entrant’s portfolio’s will be examined and assessed by experts.
  • 2 – Art Specialisation Project: Entrants will have four weeks to create and submit work according to a brief.
  • 3 – Final Interview: Five finalists will be interviewed by a panel and discuss their portfolio, performance in the competition and aspirations.
Little Big Planet 3 by Sumo Digital

Sumo Digital are the developers behind Little Big Planet 3. Image from http://orig09.deviantart.net/f2f6/f/2015/063/a/0/lbp3_header_2_by_craftmaster71020-d8kg1ee.png

The Little Big Planet 3 developers are offering a guaranteed internship interview at Sumo Digital as the grand prize. This is a desirable opportunity for any young developer hoping to break into the games industry. The Rising Star competition is also a great opportunity for students to build their portfolio. Therefore this leads to their work seen by some of the UK’s leading games studios.

 

Aadvark Swift are also running “Search for a Star” – Rising Star’s companion competition which is open to final year and Masters students.

 

Check out the video below to take a look around Sam’s hospital environment, or Click Here to visit Sam’s portfolio and see more of his artwork!

 

London Tech Expo 2016 – 3 of 3 – Time To Get Panoramic

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London Tech Expo 2016 – 3 of 3 – Time To Get Panoramic

On Monday, we sent some of our students to London to attend The Tech Expo – a two day Conference and Exhibition in London.

 

The Tech Expo gave our students the opportunity to explore some of the latest emerging technological solutions, ranging from Virtual Reality to Robotics. They even had time to do a bit a sight seeing at the end of the day!

 

Upon their return, we asked some of our students to tell us about their day – what they got up to, which shiny new gadgets they had their eye on and what they have learned. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

“The first stand I went and had a look at was a company called Orbirama. They specialise in making panoramic videos into orbiramic videos, this meaning they can view and manipulate live events from its orbit. At first I thought it was a really good idea, all they had to do was aim their camera at a woman on a business card/magazine and she became 3D.

Tech Expo 2016 London

Tech Expo 2016 London – HudUniGames

“This amazed me at first but there were certain parts of it that needed working on and touching up, for example when they demonstrated it, it worked fine but when they tried to do it using a magazine and then attempted to rotate it, it decided to crash and break which was a shame. But all in all it was a very interesting product but I don’t think it has a very good purpose at the moment. The second company I decided to go and see was called SUBPAC tactile bass system.

 

“I did really like the Orbirama Vision technology we looked at first, the 360 degree vision centred on a focal point, it’s definitely going to increase the popularity of something like wrestling, having a fixed stage you can rotate your head around to see a different angle of the fight to someone else.

 

 

“I’m intrigued to see the applications it has for rehabilitation for those suffering from mental health issues or PTSD

 

The EEG mixed VIVE setup was interesting too, it attempted to track and tell me my emotions in the form of a few colours .This was a company that provided jackets and headphones that the user can wear which replicates the effect of being in a club where there is a lot of bass. I thought this would be a really good idea for when you are playing music games or when you are in a very loud battle on a different type of game. These were both shown in 2 different variations, one where you can stand up and use it, the other where you can sit down and use it.

 

 

London Tech Expo 2016 – 2 of 3 – Getting Lost In A Virtual World

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London Tech Expo 2016 – 2 of 3 – Getting Lost In A Virtual World

On Monday, we sent some of our students to London to attend The Tech Expo – a two day Conference and Exhibition in London.

 

 

The Tech Expo gave our students the opportunity to explore some of the latest emerging technological solutions, ranging from Virtual Reality to Robotics. They even had time to do a bit a sight seeing at the end of the day!

 

 

Upon their return, we asked some of our students to tell us about their day – what they got up to, which shiny new gadgets they had their eye on and what they have learned. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

“Monday morning and with a nip in the air I eagerly collected a mini-bus and made my way to the University entrance. All travellers were already waiting and eager, having sorted out seating arrangements we set off. Graham made sure we had the correct level and volumes of music. After a couple of hours, we stopped for a welcome coffee break.

 

Tech Expo 2016 London

Tech Expo 2016 London – HudUniGames

 

“Getting down to London wasn’t an issue, but finding suitable car parking was. However, we did find a large space near the ‘Emirates stadium’, and various jokes were cracked about the Gunners. The journey on the tube didn’t take long, and in no time we were at Tech Expo 2016, 155 Bishopsgate London. A very grand marble clad building with impressive and ornate escalators into the exhibition area. The exhibitors were split into Creative, Finance and Analytics/Security. There are no prizes for correctly guessing where we headed for first: yes, the AR/VR stalls!

 

 

“We tried on various headsets, and were tested for our emotional states, as well as being enticed into playing the role of a variety of avatars such as Iron Man in virtual games.

 

“I was particularly impressed with the different styles, customisations, and applications each firm had made, all under the AR/VR banner.It did occur to me that AR firms are making life difficult, as each has an app to download that reads their specific code; as opposed to everyone using the same readers to access all of their AR/VR technologies.

Tech Expo 2016 London

Tech Expo 2016 London – HudUniGames

 

“I think we all came away with a variety of leaflets, freebies, and business cards of exhibitors who expressed an interest in coming to our Showcase event. We were all aware of the aims of the products developed by the various stall-holders, and it appeared that Unity was the preferred 3D modelling software or most if not all the exhibitors. The stall holders weren’t too keen to give away any secrets about programming languages, and whether code was developed in house, or bought in. In addition, we were fortunate enough to look at the way exhibitors presented their products, stalls and ideas, and this provided insight into what works well/ and not so well to help with our Showcase event.

 

 

“The rest areas offered rich chocolate cake, macaroons, and almond slices as well as a variety of ‘mocktails’. All very delicious. Once we had exhausted the stands, and filled up on cake and refreshments, we made a decision, for the last hour and a half to do a whistle-stop tour by sight-seeing rather than get stuck in rush hour traffic. Tate modern was interesting, but needed more exhibits. We put our photography skills into great use by capturing pictures of St Pauls, London Bridge and a whole host of different architecture as well as the Golden Hind.

 

“We set off at 20:20 pm for home and arrived in Huddersfield around 00:15 – a little exhausted but nonetheless a whole lot wiser about Augmented Reality and its applications. Thank you so much for a pleasant day, and for the opportunity of keeping up to date with companies at the cutting edge of AR/VR and other technologies.

London Tech Expo 2016 – 1 of 3 – Feeling The Bass

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London Tech Expo 2016 – 1 of 3 – Feeling The Bass

On Monday, we sent some of our students to London to attend The Tech Expo – a two day Conference and Exhibition in London.

 

The Tech Expo gave our students the opportunity to explore some of the latest emerging technological solutions, ranging from Virtual Reality to Robotics. They even had time to do a bit a sight seeing at the end of the day!

 

 

Upon their return, we asked some of our students to tell us about their day – what they got up to, which shiny new gadgets they had their eye on and what they have learned. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

“The first stand that I went to was the SUBPAC Tactile Base System Inc.  These SUBPAC kits was demonstrated in two variations, one was an actual vest that the user wears and one is a more discreet version that fits over the back of a chair. I gave the latter a go and all I had to do to use it was to sit down on the chair that has the vest fitted to it, connect a music source to the supplied headphones (my music choice was Mein Hers Brent by Rammstein).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SUBPAC kits was created to replicate the deep bass soundwaves felt throughout the body by extremely powerful speakers (from, for example, a concert) at home.

 

The Experience    

 

“My experience of the SUBPAC kits was good. The vibrations that the device was extremely accurate (as in vibration strength with the sound I could hear) and in sync (as in when the vibration occurred with the sound I could hear) with producing the right vibrations strength of vibrations at the correct time. According to the reps, the synchronised vibrations produced by SUBPAC is more accurate than being at a live concert as when you are at a concert, the sound coming from the speakers need to travel through the air, with air being an unnecessary medium. Whilst there is much less air between the SUBPAC vest and the users body, the user will feel more accurate bass. I was slightly disappointed at the strength of the vibrations that the SUBPAC produced but I was informed that when I tried it out, the vibration strength was set at around 25%.

 

 

SUBPAC verdict:

 

Would I like one? Yes.

Would I buy one? No.

 

 

Huddersfield Games Student works at Gamescom, Cologne

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Huddersfield Games Student works at Gamescom, Cologne

Student Ambassador for Ukie, Gamescom

 

In this blog post, Hayley Georgie Parr tells us what it is like to win one of the three Sponsored Student places with the UK’s only Games trade body – UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie). Hayley got a prize job of helping out at the Gamescom 2016 show in Cologne.

 

Hayley worked hard for the privilege: she showed she could do the job at other events, networked well, asked the right questions of the right people and put herself forward… with enthusiasm. Hayley competed hard against 60 other UK Games students for 1 of 3 positions. Awesome!

 

Her reward was to have an expenses paid working trip to Germany at one of the world’s premiere Games shows, supporting the UK Games industry via Ukie.

 

Here’s Hayley’s account… (see a speeded-up time-lapse video version at the bottom)

Gamescom Cologne 2016 website

Gamescom Cologne 2016 website

 Gamescom 2016 – My time as a Sponsored Ukie Student

“It was the 13th May, I’d just started eating my breakfast when I got the email to say I’d been chosen to go to Gamescom as a Ukie Sponsored Student. I couldn’t believe it! I was absolutely buzzing, the 16th of August could not come soon enough. I needed to make those three months go fast, and thankfully they did.

 

Hayley competed hard against 60 other UK Games students for 1 of 3 positions. Awesome!

“Sure enough August came around and it was time for me to head home to Manchester so I could see the family and get up at the crack of dawn to get my train to Heathrow. I arrived there at midday and met up with Zayaan and Charlotte, the fellow students I would share my Gamescom experience with. The flight to Cologne only took around 50 minutes, just enough time for us to get some food, talk games, and get to know each other. The train journey from the airport to the Koelnmesse did not take long and we were treated to lovely German sunshine making Cologne look super beautiful.

Gamescom Cologne 2016

Gamescom Cologne 2016

“On arrival the we were greeted by Sam Collins from Ukie who gave us our passes and took us straight to the stand where we met the rest of the Ukie crew, Jo Twist (Ukie CEO), Sophie Densham, Megan Rice, and Dan Wood. We all had a chat and introduced ourselves, drank a nice cold beer after our long day of travelling, and had a tour of where we would be working and calling home for the next four days.

 

The Ukie Stand

 

“The Ukie stand was awesome, it was big enough to hold 66 companies, with around 50 small tables and then some separate rooms off from the sides that included tv screens and sofas for companies to demo their games. Companies on the stand included Team 17, 505 Games, Curve Digital, Autodesk, and Jagex to name but a few.

Ukie Stall Gamescom Cologne 2016

Ukie Stall, Gamescom Cologne 2016

“The stand was themed as an English Tea Party so there were cupcake seats, massive teacups, fake grass and trees, and loads of bunting hanging up, it was kinda like being at a summer party back at home. With the rest of the Ukie crew we finished setting up the stand and at around 11pm left the Koelnmesse to locate our Air BnB.

 

“We stayed in Hansaring, an area within central Cologne, a two-minute train journey from Cologne Central Station, and a ten-minute journey from the Koelnmesse so it was dead easy to travel around on our own. We located the Air BnB, and pizza, then it was time to kip, ready to start work at 8am the next day.

 

Day 1 at Gamescom

 

“As soon as I shut my tired eyes my alarm seemed to go off, life can be cruel. The weather over the five days was straight-up sunshine, we were super-happy not having to carry around a hoody, waterproof, beanie, and umbrella with us, just a pair of sunglasses instead.

 

“When we arrived at the Ukie stand, we got straight to work completing the finishing touches to get everything sorted before the companies started to arrive ready for a long day of meetings. Our main duties over the course of three days were to take people arriving at the stand to pre-booked meetings with the companies, keep the stand clean and tidy, set up the Tea Party event at 3pm and assist with the Networking Drinks Reception from 6pm-8pm.

Playstation Gamescom Cologne 2016

Playstation, Gamescom Cologne 2016

“I just want to make it clear that our job was not to be a bringer-of…tea, coffee, cake, or beer to people, but rather to assist in the running of the stand to keep it as efficient and awesome as possible! In fact, we were all so busy that the only time I got for taking pictures was before the public arrived.

 

Work, work, work…

 

“We were always insanely busy throughout the day but when companies had a gap between their meetings, Jo very lovingly but forcefully dragged us over to speak to them about our future plans. Liz Prince, Alan Dixon, and Stig Strand from Amiqus were particularly welcoming and we had a long chat about my career plans and were really helpful with advice. There were some familiar faces on the stand, such as Simon Barrat of Barog Game Labs, Gary Nichols of Atomicom, and some of the Team 17 crew, whom I know from attending Game Makers Yorkshire – Gamayo.

 

“During the second drinks reception on the Thursday, Jo introduced us to Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Kate was awesome to chat to and she was super tall so aside from having to really tilt my head back to look her in the eye, things were going better than I had dared to dream it would.

 

Take a break

 

“On our breaks we were able to explore the main exhibition halls. Gamescom is easily the biggest games convention I’ve been to, think EGX and then times it by five, it’s absolutely HUGE. The three of us were like kids in a sweet shop not knowing what to go for first. The most impressive halls were Playstation and Blizzard, they were honestly mind-blowing. On the Friday morning before our shift we lucked out and were in the right place at the right time as the orchestra in the Blizzard Hall were rehearsing some music from WoW, I can’t explain how intense those five minutes were! It was truly a special moment.

 

Sadly, we had to cut it short as we needed to leg it back to the business hall at the opposite side of the Koelnmesse to start our last day of work!

Blizzard Gamescom Cologne 2016

Blizzard Gamescom Cologne 2016

“In the evenings we were taken out by the Ukie crew for nice meals in the city and went for drinks at the Corkonian, a pub where many games industry folk exhibiting games at Gamescom go after a long hard day of demoing their games. I met some awesome devs there and we chatted over many pints of German beer. Joe, Pete and Adam from Rare were particularly awesome and we were invited to visit the Sea of Thieves stand the next day to queue jump and get some nice piratey freebies. We also managed to swag a Gamescom limited edition Dishonored 2 bag from the Dishonored booth after sweet talking the staff, thanks to our ‘Gamescom Staff’ bond. Sorted.

Gamescom is easily the biggest games convention I’ve been to, think EGX and then times it by five, it’s absolutely HUGE.

Packing up

 

“As much as I didn’t want it to, Friday came to an end and it was time to take down the stand. We were all packed up and sorted by 8pm but the lovely, darling lorry driver didn’t arrive until around 11pm so we were stuck in the exhibition hall surrounded by work crews dismantling all the stands. We somehow managed to snag a blow up football one company had been using for promo and wasted an hour or two playing footy with chair stacks as goal posts until a German fella took them away from us with no remorse. We finally left the Koelnmesse around midnight and hopped on a train straight back to the Air BnB with pizza to pack up our belongings to fly back to the UK on Saturday morning. What.a.trip.

 

The video evidence

 
Hayley’s timelapse video of Gamescon. Enjoy.
 


 

Thanks to…

 

“Thank you to Jo, Sophie, Megan, Dan, Sam, Zayaan, and Charlotte for making my first trip to Gamescom one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life, all top people to work and hang out with. If you ever get the chance to work for Ukie I will shout at you to take it, I made some brilliant mates and some ridiculously good contacts which will no doubt help me in the future. It’s damn hard work but extremely rewarding. Load up on the free caffeine, pastries and cakes, and also take some super comfy shoes ‘cause you’ll be on your feet for around 18 hours a day!

 

“I also want to thank Michael O’Grady (Huddersfield Uni Subject Leader) for sorting out the Ukie membership super-quick for me in time to apply, and also Gary Nichols for sending me the Ukie application in the first place. Without him I wouldn’t have applied and missed the  most worthwhile trip of my life so far!

Arcade Club Trip 2016

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Arcade Club Trip 2016

On Friday the 18th of November, The University of Huddersfield has arranged a trip to the Arcade Club with only 70 Places!

 

arcade-club-poster

 

 

 

Here is your chance to walk into a time machine and go into a 80’s style arcade club that is packed with classics such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. This club has gained so much popularity that they have been forced to move to a bigger premises. Do you know what this means? More Games!

 

 

The new club on cork street opened last year is now home to well over 200 machines these include video and pinball machines, classic consoles and vintage computers. Here are a list of some of my favorites in their collection:

  • Double Dragon
  • Frogger
  • Gauntlet
  • Golden Axe
  • Donkey Kong
  • Out Run
  • Sega Rally

 

We hope to see all of you retro video game enthusiasts in the club and remember, the first rule of the club is ….. anyone can join arcade club!

 

The Arcade Club : http://www.arcadeclub.co.uk/

Date: November 18th

Time: Coach leaves University at 11:00, playing 12:00 – 17:00, coach should be back at University by about 18:00

Cost: £10 before we leave!

How: Give your £10 to Duke

Spaces are very exclusive so please hurry up!

FrankenJam: University of Huddersfield Game Jam

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FrankenJam: University of Huddersfield Game Jam

This October, The University of Huddersfield Game Dev Society is hosting FrankenJam; A Halloween-themed Game Jam!

 

The Game Jam will run from 9am-6pm on Saturday 22nd October in CW5/04 (Canalside West, Floor 5, Room 4) and is aimed at University of Huddersfield students. In teams of no more than five people, your task is to build a game based around the theme “Halloween”. Arrive for 9am, get settled, get organised and start creating your game by at least 10am. Judging will begin at 5pm and should end at around 6pm.

 

The main aim of the event is to see what we can actually make in just a day, so if you are an artist, designer, programmer or even a musician, come on down and take part!

 

FrankenJam is a free event running as part of the University of Huddersfield’s Open Day. A pizza lunch will be provided. If you wish to attend, please sign up on the eventbrite page Here.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

FrankenJam Huddersfield October 2016 Poster

FrankenJam Huddersfield October 2016 Poster

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