Students toast opposition during games jam competition

Students toast opposition during games jam competition

A group of Level 3 Games Design students took on 22 teams over three days at a games design event in Cambridge and played their way into first place.

The competition is known as a games jam and challenges competitors to create a new concept from scratch.

Teams were given the theme of fowl (either bird related or something unpleasant) and set about building an idea in 36 hours.

The event – called Future Experience Points (FXP) was sponsored by Jagex Limited and took place at Cambridge Regional College.

This was the third time that this event has taken place and the second year that Suffolk New College students had come first in the development category class.

The winning team created a 2D game set in a factory run by wolves in chicken costumes who were trying to stop eggs with legs escaping from the building.

Games lecturer at the college, James Gilhooley, said, “The concept was out of this world in every sense. The judge from Jagex said he liked how the game turned out. To win two years in a row against our rivals shows we are building a bit of a reputation here.”

Mr Gilhooley – who oversees a team who all have gained experience in the industry, including a Bafta nominated designer, said the games industry is one that is on the up.

“It (the information technology and games design industry) is the second biggest in the country. Only banking is bigger. Because of its growing popularity we have had to expand our facilities to accommodate the increased demand. Students who study with us can expect a course that is similar to a two year degree programme. They will meet guest speakers from industry and get the chance to compete in events like FXP. And some of our former students (like Oliver Fayers) have gone on to win awards and now he is on the brink of getting two games published.”

The winners from Suffolk New College will visit Jagex later in the year where they will get to talk to designers and see games being developed.

A team of first year students from Suffolk New College came third in this category.