Farming robots? Mythological characters Orpheus and Eurydice? Sword fighting soldiers? They will all gather on August 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. as students debut four new video games at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate video game development program. The presentations will be held at UCF’s Center For Emerging Media, located in downtown Orlando on the site of the future UCF Downtown Campus.
The games being shown are “Hollowed,” “The Draft,” “Master Key” and “The Logician.” “The Draft” is a virtual reality game where you play as a soldier in a gladiator sport. “Logician” is a farming game with robots that aims to inspire an interest in programming. In “Master Key” players use a tether gun and wall running to escape an alien planet. In “Hollowed,” based loosely on the ancient tale of doomed lovers “Orpheus and Eurydice,” players solve physical puzzles in the underworld using cooperation between two characters they control.
This will be the first time the public will see the completed projects, which the students have been working on for seven months as their master’s thesis. FIEA offers a 16-month master’s degree in interactive entertainment and was recently named the #2 graduate game development program in the world by the Princeton Review.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students will be available to comment on any of the projects. FIEA will be livestreaming daily interviews with the teams July 31-August 3, 2017 at 1 pm on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ucffiea. The final presentation will be livestreamed at FIEA’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ucffiea.
UCF’s Center For Emerging Media is located at 500 West Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801. Because construction for UCF Downtown has started, guests are encouraged to visit FIEA’s directions page for parking instructions at https://fiea.ucf.edu/home/directions/.