Microsoft challenge finals for Abertay teams
Two teams from Abertay University will compete at the UK finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in London today (Tuesday 31 March).
The Imagine Cup is a global student competition inviting teams of up to four to design and build new technology projects.
Radication Games has created a game called Sanitarium in which players battle tuberculosis, managing individual patients and limited resources on a world map.
It uses mathematical models developed by the University of St Andrews, powered by Microsoft mobile and cloud technology so players can receive real-time updates on the virtual patients they are treating.
Sanitarium by Radication Games
Team TerraBite won the Imagine Cup’s People’s Choice vote with Project Cyber, a Kinect-driven puzzle game where you must hack into a stylised cyberspace to save the world from destruction.
The game’s story is told across three different episodes and the core game is complemented by a companion mobile app.
Project Cyber by Team TerraBite
Professor Louis Natanson, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said: “Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is a very prestigious competition and to have two Abertay teams taking part in the UK finals is an incredible achievement.
“Radication Games and Team TerraBite have both developed very original gaming ideas which creatively use different Microsoft technologies ranging from the Kinect motion sensor to integrated console and mobile experiences.
“My colleagues Dr Iain Donald and Dr Karen Meyer deserve credit too for the major role they’ve played in guiding these exceptional students to the UK finals. We wish them all the very best as they compete for a chance to represent the UK in the world finals.”
The winners of national finals have a chance of competing at the world finals in Seattle in July 2015. The ultimate winner team will receive a prize of $50,000.
This latest news comes just a week after Abertay was ranked in the world’s best 25 universities to study game design, the only university in Europe to be featured in the annual Princeton Review list.
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