Computer Games Design Graduate Showcase 2012

Games Grad Show 2012

The Computer Games Design Graduate Showcase 2012.

Dates & Times: 13 – 14 June
Venue: University of Wales, Newport, City Campus, A29/30

Computer Games Design and Animation will exhibit together with a Private Showcase Evening: 13 June – Students, staff and guests join in celebrating the success of graduating Computer Games Design and Animation students

See the finest work of graduating students from the award winning Computer Games Design programme at Newport on display at the University’s City Campus.

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design at Newport is one of the oldest and most established games design courses in Britain. It has an international reputation for teaching, research, award winning alumni and quality student experience. Our graduating students will be showcasing their games and exhibiting their concept art. They will be illustrating their innovative and exciting game mechanics, novel concepts and progressive aesthetics.

This degree concentrates on design and creative skills with continual prototyping. Students follow a rigorous interrogation of the key concepts of games design; from character design, illustration, and 3D modelling, to understanding game mechanics, pitching and project management, utilising an iterative design process throughout. Theoretical and cultural knowledge of games is built up throughout the course to underpin the design process.

Our award winning students have continued into employment at Lionhead, Creative Assembly and garnered substantial funding and support from international bodies such as Indie Fund and Microsoft.

For more information and for the full details please take a look at the Newport Graduate Festival 2012 Guide [PDF]


Newport Games Design gets three nominations for the Ffresh Awards 2012

We are very pleased to announce that three Newport games have been shortlisted in the Games & Interactive Media category and the Ffresh Awards 2012.

With The DustThread Bear and Q.U.B.E. have been short listed, the games and interactive media juror David Banner has written encouraging comments about all three games.

The winner will be announced on Friday 10th February.


Q.U.B.E. nominated for Develop Award

Q.U.B.E. has been nominated for a Develop Awards 2012.

Q.U.B.E. has been nominated in the ‘New Studio’ category.  The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 11th 2012. Good luck guys.

Q.U.B.E. is half price until the 2nd June 2012… Q.U.B.E. available on Steam

 


Q.U.B.E. will be exhibiting at Rezzed

Q.U.B.E. will be exhibiting at Rezzed, in Brighton on the 6th & 7th of July 2012.

Rezzed is a gaming event focused on PC & indie games, it is being organised by the team behind the Eurogamer Expo.

Rezzed takes place at the Brighton Centre, on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July. The show will run from 10am to 6pm on both days.

 


Q.U.B.E. Soundtrack to be Released

After the successful release of Q.U.B.E. back in January, the Toxic Games team have decided to release the original soundtrack for the game.

The Q.U.B.E. original soundtrack will be released on Friday 4th May, and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Steam for $5.99/£4.99/€5.99.

There will be over 30 Electronica, Drum and Bass and Electro House tracks from the game and special bonus tracks composed by Ben ChandlerFelix Zirwes, Steve Dunne and Project Static. Includes the popular original version of “Finale” plus a special version featuring Dan Da Rocha (Designer at Toxic Games).

Here is something to wet you appetite…

It has also been announced that Q.U.B.E. version 1.2 is now available on Steam.


Q.U.B.E. wins Ffresh Award

Q.U.B.E. win Ffresh Award 

We are very happy to announce that Q.U.B.E. won first prize in the Games and Interactive Category at the Ffresh Awards, which is part of The Student Moving Images Festival of Wales. 

Read what the judges had to say about Q.U.B.E. and the other games from Newport that made the short list.

Q.U.B.E. is currently available to buy on Steam and other digital distribution platforms.


Q.U.B.E. pays back it’s initial investment and think about expanding!

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After successfully launching Q.U.B.E. on Steam on the 6th January, the game sold over 12,000 copies in just 4 days, which enabled them to pay back the $90,000 investment from Indie Fund.

More information can be found on Gamasutra.

In an article for Joystiq, Dan Da Rocha also confirmed that they are already working on  getting Q.U.B.E. ready for a Mac release and prototyping an iOS version.  They are also planning Q.U.B.E. to be release on the OnLive platform soon.


Q.U.B.E. is released and is getting great reviews!

Q.U.B.E. has now been fully released on Steam, Desura, Gamersgate and Playism. A demo is also available via Steam.

Q.U.B.E. has been received really well, here are a few of the reviews… Rock Paper Shotgun, KotakuDIY GamerThe Play VaultGiant Bomb, Shack NewsVelocity Gamer, Super LevelMM Gaming, Just Press Start & The Review Cast.

Q.U.B.E. is the first game to be released by Toxic Games: Dan Da Rocha, Jon Savery and Dave Hall, with the help of Indie Fund. It is also the fist game developed by Newport students to get commercially released. Well done guys, keep up the good work.


Q.U.B.E. to be released on 16th December

It has been officially announced (via the Indie Fund website) that Q.U.B.E. will be released on the 16th December 2011. Q.U.B.E. will be available on on Steam, Desura, and Playism. It will be sold for £9.99/$14.99/€10.99.

The release is significant for both Indie Fund and the Computer Games Design at the University of Wales, Newport. For the both Q.U.B.E. is their first game to get a full commercial release.

The game was developed by Dan Da Rocha, Jon Savery and Dave Hall, they built the prototype as part of their undergraduate degree program (graduating in 2009). Then continued to develop it into a full game after their graduation with the help of the Indie Fund.

An interesting fact about Q.U.B.E.‘s development is that it has been developed without a programmer!  The guys have only used UDK (the Unreal Development Kit) and its scripting facilities.

As usual Q.U.B.E. is getting some great press… JoystiqThe Sixth Axis, IndieGames.com, The Witness.netDIY Gamer, Develop Online & DIY Gamer Preview

You can also vote for Q.U.B.E to be IndieDB’s Indie of the Year 2011.


Thread Bear wins a Welsh Graduate Design Award 2011

Jenny Peers and André Silva have won a Welsh Graduate Design Award 2011, in the Interaction Design category for their game Thread Bear.

Thread Bear is a 3D adventure game set in a squishy fabric world. You will help Bobby the panda travel through each level and sew up the rips that are affecting the balance of his fragile fabric world.

Thread Bear uses the UDK engine, the prototype build is currently playable on PC only at the moment. Further development is currently under way, for platforms such as the iOS and Xbox.

Download the Thread Bear playable prototype
Thread Bear Official Website