Student video game developers show their stuff

(Edmonton) University of Alberta students studying computer game design celebrated their achievements April 25 with the fourth annual Computing Science 250 Game Development Awards.

The awards competition brought together six-person teams from the CMPUT 250 course’s fall and winter sessions, representing a mix of U of A faculties and study interests. Team members came from a variety of U of A programs including writing, music, design and, of course, computing science.

To develop their game submissions, the teams used a common platform supplied by BioWare, the Edmonton-based video game giant founded by U of A alumni Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

The team behind one award-winning game, Dramatis Personae, combined live-action video with computer animation in their project.

Dramatis Personae is set in the ego-clashing world of the theatre. Team member and producer Jesse Tucker describes the game as a story about an unlucky understudy to the lead actor who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The animation takes the player into a dream-like state,” said Tucker. “The player is then introduced to characters like Rum Tum Tugger from Cats, Stanley Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Dramatis Personae won the 2012 CMPUT 250 award for best writing and story.

Watch the trailer for Dramatis Personae