Novice designer wins Abode gaming prize

By Danielle Sheridan  February 06, 2013 and re-blogged from Get Surrey

A COMPUTER gaming novice has won an award in a national games design competition for his creativity.

Having gained a degree in computer science at Kingston University, Sam Workman, 24, of Shakespeare Road, Addlestone, put his computer skills to the test when he entered himselfHI130644_6 and a friend into the Adobe Generation Games Design.

“We wanted to do something different so we came up with the idea of obscuring most of the game in darkness.

“Most of the screen is black with a small ring of light around the character,” Mr Workman said.

The game focuses on a rich old lady’s servant, an old hunched-back man who grumbles and bumbles around a cellar searching for a bottle of wine he has been ordered to fetch.

In darkness, the gamer has to navigate the servant to the end of the cellar, which means dodging falling debris, holes in the ground and moving platforms.

The aim is to reach the end of the cellar and collect the wine having avoided all obstacles.

Working from 10am straight through until 6pm the friends finished the game in just four days and submitted their entry in December. Their game, The Cellar, won the Over 19 creativity award for the Adobe Generation Games Design course.

Mr Workman said: “It is great to win as it is not often I win something and there was some really good competition. I always wanted to make games so I thought this would be a good start.”

Mr Workman and his gaming partner Josh Marriage, 21, from Bradford, won a 12 month Adobe Creative Cloud Membership worth £500, entitling them to use all Adobe software free for one year.

He added: “The course was a fantastic opportunity to really get to grips with creating fully fledged projects in Adobe Flash.

“It has definitely boosted my confidence in using the software and I will definitely be creating more games in the future.”

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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