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Tabletop 2013

Oct 30, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

On 3rd April 2013, the PEMANDU NKEA Steering Committee approved the 2013 Game Development Awareness Initiatives. The idea was to reach out to all Malaysians and create awareness on the vast career and business opportunities globally as well as the process and development pipeline of games in order to break the myth that game development is only about playing games.

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One of the initiatives was Tabletop2013, a board game design competition open to Malaysian secondary school students aged 15 to 18. It is a two-day event where students will be given a theme to work with and using that theme, they would have to create a table-top game that’s fun and innovative. The students would have to think up the idea for the game that’s fun to play; then, decide what the board and pieces look like, figure out the rules and how to play and design a sample of the board and pieces. Finally, they would have to present it to a panel of judges who will then play-test their board games to evaluate re-playability, fun-factor, balance and ease-of-learning.

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Making Games Delicious

Sep 16, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

KDU University College is proud to be one of the sponsors in the latest event, held by the Embassy of Sweden in Malaysia. The Department of Creative Media has sponsored a mobile app called Swedelicious to coincide with the Swedish Embassy’s culinary event; Sweden: A Great Food Nation.

A team of student developers overseen by lecturers is currently developing a game app for the Android Googly Play store which features Sweden’s most culturally significant cuisine such as Prinsesstårta or everyone’s favourite Köttbullar (meatballs with gravy).

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This event and the app is to introduce, promote and raise awareness on Swedish Cuisine and cultural exchange between Sweden and Malaysia. Our lecturer, Ms. Michelle Goh was cordially invited to the press conference at Starhill Culinary Studio and had an exciting day, mingling with the Swedes and an actress.

The day started off with Swedish Chef Michael Elfwing, an Award Winning chef at the Hilton KL, teaching the media and guests, ways to cook fish Lasagna and Corned Beef with Root Vegetables.

After that, all the guests were split into 3 groups to attempt to re-create the Halibut Lasagna, Corned Beef with Roof Vegetables and Butter Cake with Elderflowers and Rhubarb and Custard. The guests were given a hands-on-approach and were invited to cook their own lunch. The Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia; H.E. Bengt G. Carlsson was not spared, as he joined Ms. Michelle’s team in preparing the Halibut Lasagna.

Once the food were prepared, everyone had a taste of each other’s food and they were graced by a very Special Guest, a professional actress, television host, emcee and producer; Ms. Lavin Seow who is internationally recognized in China, Hong Kong and the Best Actress in Golden Arts Awards 2005.

At the end of the day, Ms. Michelle who doesn’t know how to cook, now, is able to reproduce the Halibut Lasagna but, she’s still too lazy to cook.

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Exhibit A: Halibut Lasagna

For food enthusiasts out there, here are more pictures from talented food photography Pas De Nom, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152176688378696&type=1&l=3491d22829

Bernama Biztalk: Game On!

Sep 2, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

MyGameDev2020 Reaches Out to Academia

Aug 26, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  2 Comments

On the 20th and 21st of August 2013, MyGameDev2020, an Entry Point Project spearheaded by KDU University College had a Secondary School Counselors Industry Awareness Event. To maintain a constant flow of talents into the Game Development Industry, we have decided to explore beyond the tertiary education machinery and thereby study the student pipeline which extends into the public secondary schools. MyGameDev2020 felt that one of the best ways to educate and create awareness in this growing field is via the secondary school counsellors, who actively organize school career talks, workshops and events.

The event was held in two locations – part of the inclusiveness aspect of this Game Development Cluster. KTAR University College, who has a representative in the MyGameDev2020 panel, hosted the first day event while KDU University College played host on the second day.

The school counsellors from secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were at both venues as early as 7am. To kick-start the event – Tan Chin Ike, the Chairperson of MyGameDev2020 and Head of School for KDU University College gave a 30 minutes presentation on this initiative as well as the growth potential of this new industry. Hilmy Rahim, a KDU Game Design Lecturer then gave a well-received and thought-provoking presentation on what are games and why today’s youth find solace in electronic games. After the presentations, the school counsellors boarded a bus for a trip to visit Codemasters Studios, one of the oldest British video game developer companies and are considered Europe’s largest independent games company with nearly 700 employees worldwide. Ivon Smith, Technical Art Trainer and Nicholas Shariff Collins, Head of Business gave the counsellors a guided tour around Codemasters’ facilities. One the first day, the school counsellors also got a chance to visit E-One Studios, a Malaysian Game Development Studio.

A total of 109 Secondary Schools in the Klang Valley was involved in this initiative.

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KDU’s very own Mr. Tan Chin Ike giving his talk in KTAR University College

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KDU Game-Design lecturer Mr. Hilmy Abdul Rahim’s engaging talk on why people play games

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School Counsellors having a light moment on the first day of presentations

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Visit to Codemasters Studios, KL Sentral

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Ivon Smith, Technical Art Trainer for Codemasters giving a demonstration on what they do

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Group Photo with En. Amir Irwan, CEO of E-One Studios

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Ike giving his presentation during the second day of the event at KDU University College

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The Counsellors listening intently during the presentation in KDU University College

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Gaming to a Degree

Aug 23, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

Check us out on BFM Radio where we try to dispel existing myths about developing games for a living.

Let the Games Begin!

Aug 18, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

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The new intake is upon us and in preparation for it, do refer to below to find out what needs to be done. Download the Orientation Schedule here.

20th & 21st – Academic Consultation
NEW STUDENTS & CURRENT STUDENTS

10:00am – 2:00pm (KDU Library)
Come to speak to us to update your personal information and also decide on which specialization you will be taking. We will speak to you and if you’ve got any inquiries about Game Art, Design or Tech then this is the best time to speak to us. Come on either day NOT both.

22nd – KDU General Orientation
NEW STUDENTS

(refer to enclosed pdf)

All new students (you all) are required to attend this at least ONCE in your lifetime. This is to familiarize yourself with the school and its processes.

23rd – KDU Games Orientation
NEW STUDENTS & CURRENT STUDENTS

(refer to enclosed pdf)

All Game students from all semester are required to attend this EVERY semester as this is where you meet your lecturers and we update you on processes and procedures related to your studies. Timetables will be given out here.

26th  – Classes Start

Gaming for the Big Time

Aug 6, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

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Jakarta Visit 2013

Jul 30, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

KDU Game Development visits Jakarta, Indonesia for the first time by dropping by several schools in Indonesia to talk to students about the possibility of turning a hobby into a career. It was a short visit to each school for a sharing session and a simple story narrative exercise to create a simple and short story. Indonesia is noted for its great art talents and rich culture so bringing some of that to the forefront of game development would yield some pretty interesting results. The Game Industry in South-East Asia is projected to grow to about USD$560 million by 2016 which makes this an excellent time to put on your thinking caps and get creative.

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Volunteers each writing a fragment of a story based on whats written by their partners on the left.

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The Calm Before the Battle

Jul 27, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

Games do not necessarily have to be digital and students are always encouraged to step beyond the boundaries of the computer and explore the possibilities around them. Nerf@KDU is one such student-managed initiatives led by Club President Azuhri Wan and his committee of stalwart gunners, Nerf conducts weekly shoot-outs within the campus grounds. Those of you who are curious about Nerf@KDU can check out their facebook page by clicking on the image below.

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Gamers with Heart

Jul 22, 2013   //   by Ivan   //   MainMenu  //  No Comments

Our gamers recently showed that they’ve got their hearts in the right place with their latest CSR project entitled Project Games.

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The event started off at 9:00am where the kids from Rumah Juara attending a briefing on the events of the day. They then got to enjoy a marathon of board-games with the help of older ‘brothers’ Daniel, Edison and Ze Wei. The kids also got to try out painting miniature Space Marines and were shown how to build miniature battlegrounds by representatives of Comics Mart.

Elsewhere, a Minecraft competition was underway with guests vying to build the fanciest structure they could dream up in a limited amount of time. A Magic the Gathering competition was also going on while the board-game marathon was taking place.

The event ended at 6:00pm but not before event sponsors Comics Mart donated some toys to the children of Rumah Juara. The Project Games team also managed to rake in RM380 through the sales of food & drinks which was then donated to the caretakers of Rumah Juara at a later date.

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Great job guys!

To get in touch with Rumah Juara, find out more here.

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