Published: 19/03/2014 10:18 - Updated: 19/03/2014 10:27

Moray Game Jam hailed a success

THE inaugural Moray Game Jam was a great success.

Moray Game Jam could become an annual event.
Moray Game Jam could become an annual event.

With 40 game designers entering the competition from all over Moray and Scotland, plans are already being discussed to repeat the event next year.

Nine teams entered the inaugural game design competition run in conjunction with Moray company Hunted Cow, creative body ScreenHI and Moray College UHI.

With a design spec of ‘It Changed the World’, they had just 48 hours to devise and construct a working computer game which could be developed for commercial release.

The winning team of Powerpunch Studios, comprising Mark Thompson, Elliot Morris, Tasha Singh, Stuart Tait and Carl Parker, are all third year students on the computer gaming course at Abertay University, Dundee.

Andrew Mulholland, co-founder of Hunted Cow, based in South Street, Elgin, who was one of the judges, said: "It was a really simple and polished game which was pretty much ready for release. It had a simple mechanic and was really fun to play."

The Moray Game Jam had gone better than anybody anticipated, he added.

"I am really impressed that we got 40 entries. The first week we were unsure that it would work.

"We hope to create a greater hub of developers up here, in the same way that Dundee has a close-knit community of developers. It would be nice to recreate that here in the Highlands."

To find out more about the winning entry and a picture special from the Moray Game Jam see ‘The Scot’ print version on Friday.

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