Students do battle in top game award

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A TRIO of Morpeth school students are hoping their futuristic game will become a reality after making the final shortlist of a national contest.

William Garman, Red Freeman, and David Cuthbertson have been named as one of the three finalists in the Game Concept Award category of the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

Along with all the other shortlisted entrants, the 16-year-olds of King Edward VI School will attend the British Academy Children’s Awards on Sunday to find out if they have won.

Their game, Cube Wars, involves a strategic battle based on a cube split into a grid on each face.

Set in 2050, a leap in the area of space travel has allowed humans to venture into deep space and here they have discovered strange square planets that are very rich in resources. The aim is for players to help the leader take control of a sector of cubes in order make a profitable business.

The Year 12 students have already done even better than last year when they made the top 10 shortlist of the competition with their entry Scrap.

William said: “I came up with the cube concept on my home computer using a free software programme called Blender, Red designed the characters for the game and David came up with the heads-up display information to make it look more like a game.

“The aim of the game is to manipulate the map so your forces get stronger and the opposing army becomes more vulnerable. It is like a game of chess in that each side has a turn, although you can move all of your units within a single turn.

“The winners will get a week’s work experience with a top company and have their game made into a prototype, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we are successful.”