May 15, 2014
AUSTIN, TX – The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program, in conjunction with the University of Texas at Austin’s Computer Science (CS) Department, College of Fine Arts (CoFA), Radio-Television-Film (RTF) Department, and Bridging Discipline Programs (BDP), hosted the Spring 2014 Digital Demo Day on Thursday, May 8th. The campus-wide event showcased digital games, art, animation, and mobile apps created by students during the Spring 2014 semester.
The event occurred in two locations. In the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC), work from students in majors across campus were exhibited, including work from the BDP Digital Arts and Media (DAM) Program, as well as from CoFA and CS courses. While in the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center Building (CMB), screenings of 2D and 3D digital animation, motion graphics, and visual effects videos were shown from the various RTF courses in these areas. Furthermore, at CMB, student work from Writing/Narrative Design for Video Games course and the Interactive Media & Game Development course were exhibited.
Digital Demo Day attendees were able to view a gallery of digital art and design in the GDC. Projects ranged from interactive 3D environments created in the CoFA’s Designing Virtual Worlds course, a web-based music map developed in the BDP’s DAM Program, and a competitive drawing mobile app produced in the CS Department’s Mobile Computing course.
The final event at GDC was an exhibition of the GAMMA Program’s Capstone 3D games. The Capstone teams this semester produced everything from a multiplayer deathmatch game, a real-time strategy game, a mobile stealth game, and even an interactive fiction game, called Port of Call. Separately, Underdog Games, the creators of the game Port of Call, were selected as a finalist in the E3 2014 College Game Competition.
“The Digital Demo Day event was started to present the huge amount of creative projects that are made at UT every semester,” said Paul Toprac, Associate Director of the GAMMA Program. “Even for the students, it’s easy to forget how much is accomplished during the semester,” continued Toprac, “this is a way to remind them and the public how truly talented UT students are.“
The next Digital Demo Day will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
For more information, contact: Cameron M. Weed, Game and Mobile Media Applications Program, 512 475 6602.