Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Game Programming Contest

We're delighted to announce our first ever game programming contest.  The University of St. Francis is partnering with Joliet Junior College to offer an opportunity to college and high school students to design and develop their own games.

The computer game must be created using the Game Maker software which may be downloaded from http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/

 GameMaker is an innovative product which is available for a free download and includes tutorials to help you get started.  You can design adventure style games, first person shooter games, maze style games.   Many levels of game play can be developed, high scores tracked, games can be set to increase difficulty as play continues.  Music and sound effects can be added to improve the play.  By the way, GameMaker does NOT require prior programming experience.

You'll create rooms and fill them with objects that can interact with each other.  A graphical interface makes it easy to setup everything from bouncing when an object hits a wall to being destroyed, with the appropriate sound effects, when being shot.

A game developed for which a developer was paid, is not eligible.

All games should adhere to the current legal requirements concerning copyright, first amendment, trade work, and civil rights.

Check out all the contest rules and register at: http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/cios/game-contest/Pages/default.aspx

Entries are due by March 14th.   The awards dinner is May 11th.

So have some fun and design a game the way you think it should be played. 

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