KDU University College Hosts Global Game Jam 2014

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Excited bunch of students: Students from various schools around the peninsularparticipated in the Global Game Jam 2014 hosted by KDU University College.   Learn from the pro: A well-known figure in game development industry, Johaness Reuben shares his experiences and knowledge to the inductees during the Global Game Jam 2014 introduction session.


 
Busy at work: Inductees are seen developing games based on a central theme within 48 hours.   Future industry players: A group photo with over 60 inductees, students as well as seasoned game developers, battling it out for the best game creation through fun and excitement.



Petaling Jaya – In conjunction with the Global Game Jam 2014, KDU University College piloted the Global Game Jam Bootcamp at its campus, partnering IGDA Malaysia and supported by the Malaysian Entry-Point Project Game Development Cluster, MyGameDev2020 and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

The Global Game Jam Bootcamp attracted a total of 65 students from various schools in the peninsular. It was filled with exciting workshops, interesting game plays and provided new inductees with an understanding of the basic fundamentals of creating games and provided returnees the opportunity to sharpen their game development skills.

A seasoned participant with attendance to three Bootcamps , Isaac Lim a student from Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur said, “The initial stages of my game development process was through the teachings and lessons provided by the lecturers and mentors at KDU University College. The generous support from these individuals has helped me design and create my own games. I believe this annual Bootcamp will continue to help me refine my expertise in modelling new technologies in game development.”

As a new student participant to this scene, Brandon Lee said, “Although I am clueless about game development, I came here with an open mind to learn and experience something new. Within these three days, I have gained so much of knowledge and experience which has helped me discover my potential in game creation. I hope to participate in this Bootcamp next year as I continue to enhance the skills I have obtained here.”

Global Game Jam is an international game development marathon held under the efforts of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) which gathers game developers all around the world to create games based on central theme within 48 hours in the spirit of collaboration, sharing and having fun.

A veteran in the game development industry, Richard Lemarchand, Associate Professor of Interactive Media and Games Division, University of Southern California said, “The Global Game Jam unleashes the creativity of individuals to build and strengthen the international community of game creators.”

“Some of the tips that have made me successful in this industry are finding a group of people who share the same passion and are focused on establishing a strong relationship among them. Then, start brainstorming on ideas and chose the most creative idea to work on. Never be afraid to fail as you will always learn something new and exciting about game development,” added Lemarchand.

The Global Game Jam, a voluntarily run organisation aims to stimulate innovation, experimentation, collaboration and creativity. With the partnerships, they look for initiatives that bring the values of Global Game Jam to a broader audience and create opportunities for participants to connect with their games on a broader scale.

In efforts to forward the game development industry, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between KDU University College and University of Teesside was signed to bring Animex UK to Malaysia and KDU University College was to run it as an exclusive South-East Asian Chapter.

This exclusive partnership would see Teesside University leveraging on their industry connections to bring world-class speakers to Malaysian shores. This seals KDU University College and Malaysia as the de-facto location for talent development and attract international participants with a festival of such calibre.

This collaboration is one of the many steps taken by KDU University College to boost its E3 Boosters initiative where students are given the opportunity to expand and develop different skills while having the marketable edge. Also, it provides a platform for students to showcase their talents and expose them to the game industry.

With the introduction of E3 Boosters into the students’ curricula, KDU University College has focused its vision to instill important values into its students. There are three elements involved in boosting the demand and comprehensiveness of students which represents English Proficiency, Emotional Quotient and Entrepreneurship.

“By hosting the Animex International at KDU University College, students would be well exposed as to what is happening in the global game development industry and market. Students would also understand the level of quality and requirements expected from the global games market. Workshops and talks by professional developers from overseas will help improve and increase the knowledge of students,” added Professor Dr Khong Yoon Loong.

Keep your calendar in August free, as the Animex International is scheduled to happen that month. For up-dates on the event and more, check out www.kdu.edu.my.,

ANIMEX INTERNATIONAL

The Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games takes place every year in the North East of England and is one of the premier and largest Animation, Games and Comic festival in the UK. Regular industry speakers attend from the likes of Pixar, Disney Animation, Dreamworks, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Rhythm & Hues, Framestore, Double Negative, Valve, Epic, Double Fine, Lionhead, Rare, Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, Media Molecule and UDON Entertainment.

Animex is an inclusive, inspirational event which has been running at Teesside University, UK since 2000. It takes the form of a wee- long festival of games and animation aimed predominantly at students, graduates and early career industry. The festival was designed a unique chance for the young audience to gain access to high profile industry professionals who provide behind the scenes insights into some of the world’s leading games and animation studios latest projects.

Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing, bringing the world of computer games and animation to audiences of any level of expertise, regardless of background and prior knowledge.

ABOUT KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE’S E3-BOOSTERS

With the E3-Boosters, KDU University College’s students won’t have to settle for just any education. They’ll graduate with a special set of skills employers say they will need.

English Proficiency

Mastery of English is no longer an option in today's global environment. Students can build their English proficiency at KDU University College and land their dream job.

EQ Development

Being book smart is not enough. Emotional intelligence is essential. KDU University College will help its students raise their EQ to complement their IQ.

Entrepreneurship

KDU University College will bring out the spirit of entrepreneurship in its students. This will help them to stand out and be daring, innovative and adaptable.

ABOUT KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

KDU University College, a member of the KDU Education Group, is a pioneer and leading provider in the field of private tertiary education since 1983. The KDU Education Group is a fully integrated education services provider, from primary and secondary, both local and international, through to undergraduate and post-graduate levels and executive and professional development programmes. The KDU Education Group celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, and is proud to have had 48,000 students since its inception, some of whom include corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities around the globe.

The KDU Education Group is the education arm of Paramount Corporation Berhad, a public company that is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities Malaysia Berhad and whose diversified business interests include property development and construction.

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