Baylor University's Gaming Capstone Students to Demonstrate New Video Games to Public

May 1, 2015

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Baylor students training, equipping for careers in $5.5 billion video gaming industry

WACO, Texas (May 1, 2015) – Are you ready to travel through dungeons and ghost towns to battle monsters and vengeful spirits? Grab your game controllers and let's go!

Senior students from the computer science department in Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science will demonstrate video games they've developed during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the Rogers Engineering & Computer Science Building, Room 109, on the Baylor campus.

Two student teams each developed a video game. The first game, "Project Disco Helix," is a fast-action, role-playing game in which players collect cards and create strategies as they travel through dungeons and encounter monsters. The second game, "Misty Falls," is an action game set in the 1950s that allows players to take control of a vengeful spirit who is seeking revenge on his murderers in order to turn Misty Falls into a ghost town. Both games were developed as part of the university's gaming capstone course.

"With consumers spending nearly $5.5 billion on video games each year, the video game industry is a career path that appeals to more and more of our computer science students," said Matthew Fendt, Ph.D., Baylor lecturer in computer science. "According to a recent report by the Entertainment Software Association, the average age of a game player is 35, and more than 40 percent of those players are women. The industry has evolved from games for adolescents and children to games that appeal to anyone at any stage of life."

Baylor's computer science department offers a video game development specialization within the computer science degree program. This specialization is designed to provide an understanding of the development and application of interactive digital media technologies. The specialization is offered in cooperation with Baylor's department of communication's Film & Digital Media program, combining media course offerings with technical content in order to produce graduates with skills that go beyond design and implementation. Graduates that choose the game development specialization are awarded a fully-accredited computer science degree with all the associated career and graduate education opportunities

Both games will be available for demonstration to the public with a light lunch provided to those who attend the event.

For more information, contact Kate Amaya, director of communications and external relations for Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science, at 254-710-6826, or ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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