Students set for 48-hour gaming creation marathon

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TRURO - Anyone interested in the creation of video games, next weekend presents a big opportunity to see how it's done.

The Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus is hosting a game jam, named Game Craft 2014.

"We want to create awareness, especially among young students and high school students," said Sean Morrow, a faculty member of the IT Web Application Development and Interactive and Motion Graphics courses at the campus. "The games that they're playing, whether on a console or their phone, sometimes are taken for granted. They don't know the amount of time and energy that's gone in to creating these games."

The 48-hour event begins at 12:30 p.m. on March 20, however, the majority of the event will be closed to the public.

There is, however, five hours during the creation of the games that the public is more than welcome: between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on March 21.

"Hopefully anyone that stops by at that time will see everyone working, with storyboards on the wall and any problems they've come across," Morrow said.

The event will see six teams of four students each create a game with a specific theme (not known until the beginning of the event) to go before judges on Saturday.

Participants are current students in the IT and Interactive and Motion Graphics programs.

"It will be a synergy of all the programs coming together. There will be two programmers and two artists on each team joining together. A lot of the times, these students wouldn't know each other so we're hoping to get some really cool synergy that we wouldn't normally get together," the instructor said.

While the campus did a similar game jam last year, Morrow said this year's event is considered the pilot and will promote game development to the public and hopefully grow the event next year.

"Not next year, but the year after, we will be re-releasing the Interactive and Motion Graphics program," Morrow explained.

"Every five years they re-evaluate the programs and the industry, and we have finally achieved a level in the province of game development."

The students will have until 12:30 p.m. on March 22 to complete their games before awards will be given out.

The public is invited to the award ceremony, where they will also have a chance to play the games created.

The event will take place on the third floor of the McCarthy Hall on Arthur Street.

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Truro, Motion Graphics, IT Web Application Development and Interactive

Geographic location: Arthur Street

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