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Dare to be Digital games tested by school children

18 July 2014

Desk Jockeys show their game Reshuffle

Local school children tested the new Dare to be Digital games this Friday (18 July) at Abertay University.

Bringing school children in to try out the new games is an important stage – with the children’s input helping the teams understand where they can make improvements.

The game testing marks the half-way point of the international game design contest.

Team AM test their game Sunny, Rainy, Snowy  

Elaine Russell, Dare to be Digital Project Manager, said: “All the Dare to be Digital contestants are getting ready to show their games at the end of the competition, and letting young people play them today is crucial to understanding what’s working and what needs improvement.

“Today’s testing and our Dare ProtoPlay festival in August are also great opportunities for children to meet inspiring young adults who are getting ready to enter the games industry. These are fantastic role models for any child excited by art, design or maths.”

Team Pugstar show Pug Pug Pirates 

The pupils also had the chance to test V&A Game Designer Sophia George’s new game, Strawberry Thief.

Sophia is currently working at Abertay University, building her game inspired by six months of research in the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 galleries in London. The game explores the designs of William Morris and lets each player create new patterns using Morris’s work.

Sophia George, V&A Game Designer, said: “It was great getting immediate, honest feedback from such interested and smart young people. When I took part in Dare to be Digital in 2011 this was a nerve-wracking stage, but it’s so important to keep testing your game as you build it.

“I’m very excited to put Strawberry Thief on show to the public for the very first time at Dare ProtoPlay in August, three years after being there as a competitor.”

All 15 student games – plus game from independent game studios – will go on show at the free Dare ProtoPlay games festival, Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 August in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square.

For more information, please visit the Dare to be Digital website.


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Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art, hosted and run by Abertay University in Dundee.

Teams of student programmers and artists compete in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment over the summer vacation, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay in Dundee, 7-10 August 2014.

The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital each year become the sole nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

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