Hat-trick For Games Development Students at IT Carlow. Students from Kildare, Carlow and Laois represented Ireland during the international computer games development event: Global Game Jam, in a hat-trick for Institute of Technology Carlow. The students completed a weekend game development marathon, practically applying their games design and programming skills to create innovation digital games. Global Game Jam is an annual event which IT Carlow has hosted over the past three years involving students of its Games Development programme.
Welcoming the students participating in Global Game Jam; Nigel Whyte, Computing & Networking Head of Department at IT Carlow said “it’s encouraging to see such innovation and creativity especially within the technology sector which has been a fundamental pillar of the economic recovery”.
Students created portfolio games over the weekend to launch their careers in games development. Ross Palmer, Chair of the Games Development course at IT Carlow said “building a professional games portfolio is key to a successful career in the games industry; it’s encouraging to know that students who’ve created their own portfolios now work for AAA Game studios”.
Worldwide sites develop games based on a common theme which in 2016 is based on ‘Ritual’. Building games to such a broad theme and within tight deadlines results in innovative and fun gameplay. Dr. Noel O’Hara, lecturer in Games Physics at IT Carlow “I’m really excited about the physics and mechanics students integrate into games during Global Game Jam to create fun and engaging gameplay”
Games created will be demonstrated at the annual technology industry showcase which takes place in April at IT Carlow.