WACO, Texas (April 20, 2018) – Seniors in Baylor University’s Department of Computer Science will debut video games they developed in the program’s gaming capstone course during an open house on Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 240 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on Baylor’s Campus.
Baylor’s Department of Computer Science offers a video game development specialization within the computer science degree program. This specialization is designed to provide an understanding of the development and application of interactive digital media technologies. The specialization is offered in cooperation with the Film and Digital Media Division of Communication Studies and combines media course offerings with technical content in order to produce a graduate with skills that go beyond design and implementation. Graduates of the computer science program who choose the game development specialization are awarded a fully accredited computer science degree with all the associated career and graduate education opportunities.
“The gaming capstone is the last class within the game design concentration that students take before they graduate. This year, we have six students working on a team to develop a video game over the course of the semester,” said Dr. Matthew Fendt, lecturer in computer science. “They have worked closely with Baylor entrepreneurial students who helped perform market research and develop business models for the game. We are also working with a Baylor student who is creating sound design for the game. At the end of the semester, the students will publish the game to the Steam video game website where it will be available to be downloaded and played.”
Inspired by the most recently popularized game, Fortnight, this year’s featured game is sure to have players entertained for hours.
“This year's game is a split-screen multiplayer where the players compete to survive the hostile environment, evolve their animals, and eliminate the other players. The last one standing wins,” said Dr. Fendt. “Participants of the capstone demo will get a chance to try out the game before it is published.”
Game demonstrations will take place after the initial presentation and a light lunch will be provided all in attendance.
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