MSC- APICTA Award Win Makes Memorable Graduation Ceremony For KDU Game Development Trio

 
From left to right: KDU SCCM students Haw Jing Hann, Wahid Dawood and Roger Ng Khang Shen, posing with their proud achievement. Roger Ng Khang Shen (3rd from left) represent KDU University College in receiving MSC- APICTA 2016’s Best of Tertiary Student Category – Creative Multimedia at the prize giving ceremony.
  
MSC- APICTA 2016’s Best of Tertiary Student Category – Creative Multimedia award, a testimony of KDU connecting education to the real world.  
It was just one day away from their official graduation ceremony on 22nd October 2016, three graduating Bachelor of Game Development (Hons) at KDU University College – Roger Ng Khang Shen, Haw Jing Hann, and Wahid Dawod Mohammed Hamid, received an exciting news that they clinched the MSC- APICTA 2016’s Best of Tertiary Student Category – Creative Multimedia prize for their First Person Co-Op Shooter Game called Combat Infiltration Droid (C.I.D). This success has indeed given them a boost in entering the real world upon graduation!  

The MSC- APICTA Awards are initiated by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) together with The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) and have received the patronage of the Prime Minister since its inception in 1999. With aims to recognise outstanding achievements of those who have contributed to the development of Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia for the benefit of the country, it acknowledges creativity, innovation, and excellence in Malaysian ICT.  

The competition extended to individuals, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and organisations who are involved in creative media from all across Malaysia.

Ng, Haw, and Wahid teamed up and named themselves ‘C3’ during their final year project, as they started to develop the game together since a few months back, at KDU’s School of Computing and Creative Media (SCCM). Strongly encouraged by their lecturers, the trio handed the application for this contest in September.

In its working mechanism, Combat Infiltration Droid (C.I.D) was developed using the Unreal Engine 4 by the trio. It requires players to be tactical whilst exploring famous local places around Kuala Lumpur and sampling visual bits of Malaysian culture. At the contest, it was presented by Ng to the judges.

“This is the first game we made together as a team. It takes place in a sci-fi, mixed culture world where the players play as a combat robot, surviving, completing objectives while combating enemies. It was initially designed to be a benchmark for AAA quality (high-end computer graphics), without the resources that an AAA quality game organisation has,” explained Ng on the winning factors and how had they impressed the judges with the game’s lifelike view simulation.

“The game was structured to be as grand as possible, providing awe-inspiring gameplay visual. Using strategised development methods and execution precaution, we produced C.I.D in the shortest amount of time. Eventually, we came out with multitude design elements which made the game as interactive as possible. I think these are the marks-scoring points we had,” continued Ng.

While expressing how glad they were for having to take part in the enormous scale competition with a respectable amount of participants, the trio was also proud for being able to bring this award to KDU for the first time. “This time we managed to represent KDU on our best efforts as a team. This victory boosted our confidence as developers for the gaming industry,” Haw chimed in.

Marked as the proudest achievement, this victory is not only dubbed as a cherry on the cake for C3’s graduating-joy but also regarded as an evidence of excellent real-world academic training provided by KDU.

“KDU SCCM has helped us to develop our skills through its facilities and academic line-up, which provided us the necessary resources and feedbacks in developing C.I.D. The game was mostly done on campus. The development stages range from brainstorming ideas, constructing solutions and getting feedback, which all, in the end, played a vital role in creating C.I.D,” explained Wahid, who is an international student from Yemen.

“Our time in KDU, the School had nourished our skills dramatically, preparing us to be ready for working environment. We would like to take this moment to express our gratitude to the academics, Mr. Yee I-Van, Programme Leader of Game Development Programme, Creative Media Department; Mr Chong Wei-Shern, Mr Yap Chun Fei, Mr Luso Teh Yong Quan, Mr Wong Chin Foo and all faculty members for their support and guidance throughout the project,” said Ng.

When asked about the aspiration in achieving their dreams in the multimedia industry, the trio stated that they wish to be more involved in multimedia events and to have a better understanding of the industry. “Primarily, we want to be part of the entertainment community, and hope that we can translate the knowledge gained to create better content and to build on the success of  C.I.D,” they said.

“This is the first time that KDU University College has won this prestigious award. The students may also be given the opportunity to represent Malaysia at the annual International APICTA Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, at the end of the year. We at KDU are very proud of the students’ achievements with the hopes that they will make all Malaysian proud of their achievements,” said Tan Chin Ike, Head of the SCCM, KDU University College.