Virtual reality games aimed at helping people overcome workplace anxiety and envisioning how plastic pollution will affect society in the future will be among the innovative experiences playable at Abertay University’s first ever Summer Videogames Show.
The free event at Abertay Student Centre in Dundee on August 29 will showcase work by Masters and Accelerated students from the university’s internationally renowned videogames courses.
The show will feature everything from immersive VR experiences, through to fun puzzle platformers, board games and gripping narrative driven role-playing games.
Among the exhibitors is MProf Games Development student Valentina Scarfi from Team One, who will be showcasing Coffee VR: “Our game is effectively a virtual realty barista simulator, which is designed to help people deal with workplace anxiety.
“The player is brought into a simulated coffee shop environment where they meet customers and make coffee. The overall aim is to give them the confidence to seek work outside the workplace environment.
“The project was commissioned by Showcase the Street and funded by The Mathew Trust, and we care very much looking forward to displaying it to a wider audience.”
Showcase the Street is a Dundee based charity that engages with young people at risk of exclusion and not reaching educational attainment by using dance, sport and fashion as a tool. The Mathew Trust is a local grant giving charity.
The Summer Videogames Show is part of the Dundee-wide Summer of Games, which features a wide range of events all over the city, including the upcoming UK Games Fund Awards at the V&A Museum.
Show curator Clare Brennan said: “As Abertay celebrates its 25th anniversary of being granted university status, and 5 consecutive years of being ranked number one in Europe for videogames education it feels fitting that we celebrate the incredible work of our Masters and Accelerated games students.
“This is the first time we’ve held this exhibition and I’m excited to see how the public react to the imagination, talent and hard work on show.”
For free tickets to the Abertay Summer Games Show visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abertay-summer-videogames-show-tickets-67017195235?fbclid=IwAR0aSB5uMOdHv3iCmb0QCw_D2JkFC_xkVQ0NGR_rJ_tTlEvlVqOlpuoDft4