FIEA student game “Long Arm Of the Law” won second place in the “Best Visual Quality” and “Best Gameplay” categories at the 2019 Intel University Games Showcase, held March 21 in San Francisco. It is the third straight year that a game from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy has placed in two different categories.
As a result, Intel will donate $10,000 worth of equipment to UCF’s graduate game design program, which was founded in 2005.
The showcase featured student games from 14 of the best game design schools from around the world, which competed in three award categories: “Most Innovative,” “Best Gameplay” and “Best Visual Quality.”
Recent FIEA graduates Jake Khosrowzadeh and Erian Vazquez led a 5-minute game demo of “Long Arm,” in which the player plays as Motor Rockwell, a robot sheriff with an extendable arm who grapples, pole-vaults and slings his way through a treacherous mining town.
After the presentation, game industry judges asked questions of the team in front 300 attendees. A team of 17 students completed the game in seven months as part of their master’s thesis at FIEA.
This is the sixth year Intel has put on the showcase, which coincides with the Game Developers Conference, the largest conference in the world for video-game developers.
“Long Arm of the Law” is available to play for free on Steam.