April 6, 2021
School of Computing (SOC) students Michael Ryan David and Raul Bulana, Jr. bagged first place in the Core Invitational Game Jam competition after submitting their 3D Map entry for the the game "Deimos: Titan's Grave" last January 21. The map also won the Community Choice Award after garnering the most votes among DV Plays Discord community members.
DV Plays' second Core Game Jam focuses on the creation of original world and level design in Core Games powered by Unreal Engine. Prizes ranged from $50-$1,000 Amazon gift cards sponsored by Manticore.
The Game Jam opened submissions last December 17, 2020 to January 15, 2021. David and Bulana, Jr., under the name VitoSR, competed against 12 participants internationally. The top 5 winners were announced via Youtube video.
David and Bulana, Jr.'s "Deimos: Titan's Grave" fantasy exploration map wowed the judges and members with its concept, details, and visual and lighting effects.
"Everything about this map really sets it apart from the others," said DV Plays as they explored the map in the announcement video. "And honestly, hands down across all judges, this one was the clear winner."
"Theoretical learning, laboratory practice and skills development have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. There are a lot of challenges faced by School of Computing during the pandemic and one of them is the skills development. Learning from home differs substantially and the preparedness of learners for remote education is not sufficient, that is why international webinars, programs and even in game development can help lessen the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to our students. I congratulate all our School of Computing students who are in one way or another are still making names in the computing world," shares SOC Dean Dr. Francisco Napalit.
David and Bulana are both college sophomores under the program Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing with Area of Specialization in Digital Animation.