This is Not a Game, a video game production challenge for students, will launch at the Festival of Curiosity on 24 July. But this is not just a game. The goal is to help to use the popularity of games to raise awareness of issues like over fishing, ocean pollution and ocean acidification. The challenge is being organised by CoderDojo, the U.S. Embassy, the Marine Institute and third-level educational institutions including Griffith College. The first of a series of local launch workshops will be in Dublin on September 13 and will include talks and workshops by industry leaders and experts aimed at equipping aspiring game makers with the skill and knowledge to start creating their own video games.
Open to 11-18 year olds with an interest in any aspect of game making, the ocean-themed competition challenges secondary school students to create a game that allows others to “learn by playing” about current dangers to our ocean ecosystem. Finalists will get to showcase their games at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, receive mentorship from industry professionals, and get a chance to have their games played by thousands of gamers. Interested students should register at www.thisisnotagame.org to secure a place at their local launch workshops, which will take place throughout September and October.
Eoin Carroll from Griffith College emphasized, “We’re not just looking for techies for this competition. It is open to anyone with an interest in any aspect of game making – from art and sound design to the business of video games.”
Students interested in learning more can register online at www.thisisnotagame.org
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