Student Game Showcases Around Brisbane
It's that time of year again when students are approaching the end of the course and they're frantically adding the last few touches to their big end of year group project so that it doesn't go up in a big ball of flames when it goes on display to the public.
It's the end of year student showcases!
Here are some of the student showcases going on in and around Brisbane:
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Ross Brown and the staff at QUT have been putting on these student showcases for a while now, so they know what they're doing when they put on as smooth an event as QUT's student showcase last week.
I went along to the showcase (thanks Ross!) and saw for myself the up and coming talent we have here in Brisbane. There's something palpable about being in a room with that many people excited about making games that you don't get anywhere else. That alone is enough reason for you the reader to attend events like these.
Speeches were made, awards were given out, and most importantly, students were given feedback from the general public; an invaluable asset when making games.
I want to wish good luck to those teams who are continuing on with their projects, and an overall congratulations to every student involved in the event!
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University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
This one is a little different. Usually you'll find that student showcases have a wide variety of gameplay experiences on display, mostly centred around being fun and engaging. What if the showcase had a theme, and it limited the scope just enough so that the students had to really think outside the box to deliver their game?
That's what USC is doing in their Serious Games Showcase where the games you'll see are all about solving issues in the real world. Whether it's learning a new language, dealing with emotions, or helping animals and other people in whatever way we can, every game tackles a topic and just might leave you thinking about it differently than before you started playing.
The showcase is being held November 18th at USC, just over an hour up the M1 from Brisbane. See here for more information and to register for the event.
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Brass Razoo, SAE Brisbane's student showcase, is on again at This Must Be The Place art gallery in Fortitude Valley. December 7th will see numerous games being exhibited by students as a part of their ongoing studies and final projects.
Free drinks, food, AND games? What's not to like about that? Register here for a free ticket to the event and give some of the students some encouragement as they venture into the big wide world of game development.